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ACLU of Nevada Praises Washoe County’s Decision to Keep Early Voting Open on Sundays

RENO, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada commends today’s decision of the Washoe County Commissioners and the Washoe County Manager to keep polling places open for the entire 14 days of early voting for the upcoming primary election.

ACLU of Nevada Lawsuit Leads Nevada Prison Board to Adopt Nation-Leading Policies Protecting Pregnant Inmates

CARSON CITY, NV – This morning, March 18, 2014, the Nevada Board of State Prison Commissioners adopted new regulations (pdf) restricting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates and allowing inmates who have recently delivered babies to use a breast pump.

ACLU of Nevada Legal Director Testifies on Patient Dumping before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, DC – Staci Pratt, Legal Director with the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, testified this morning in front of the United States Commission on Civil Rights on patient dumping by hospitals. The Commission looked specifically at the treatment and care of patients with a psychiatric disability.

March 6: Panel Discussion on School Funding Fairness in Nevada

LAS VEGAS, NV – A panel discussion on Thursday, March 6 will discuss a new national report released by the Education Law Center that examines the fairness of education funding across the country. The report, released on February 5, 2014, looks at whether a state’s education funding system ensures equal education opportunity and accounts for needs generated by student poverty. Nevada’s education funding scheme was found to be the most regressive in the country.

National Solitary Confinement Experts to Address the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice

LAS VEGAS, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is hosting two prominent, national experts on solitary confinement, Martin Horn and Dr. Terry Kupers. On Wednesday, March 5, Horn and Kupers will speak at the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice (ACAJ) meeting to emphasize the importance of collecting information on Nevada’s use of solitary confinement in an interim study about detention and incarceration in Nevada.

ACLU of Nevada and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights File Challenge to Voter ID Initiative

CARSON CITY, NV – On Thursday, February 20, 2014 the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) filed a challenge to the “Voter ID Initiative,” a measure which seeks to amend the Nevada Constitution to require voters to present photographic proof of identity before casting a ballot. The lawsuit, Rosati, et al. v. Our Vote Nevada PAC, was filed in the First Judicial District Court for the State of Nevada.

Campaign Launches to Win Marriage in Nevada

RENO AND LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Today, in an effort to remove discrimination from Nevada’s Constitution and win the freedom to marry for all couples in the state, ACLU of Nevada, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, the Human Rights Campaign, and Freedom to Marry launched a grassroots public education campaign called Freedom Nevada. The move is in anticipation of an expected 2016 ballot measure on marriage and comes as a high-profile court case on marriage is advancing rapidly through the judicial system.

Washington Governor Halts Executions

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared on February 11 that he will impose a moratorium on executions in the state. A previous supporter of capital punishment, Inslee spent a year reviewing Washington’s death penalty and found that the system is full of flaws. “When the ultimate decision is death,” said Inslee in his official statement, “there is too much at stake to accept an imperfect system.”

Nevada Gets an “F” in Education Funding Fairness

NEVADA – Today, a new national report was released examining the fairness of education funding across the country. Nevada received a failing grade.

“The ACLU of Nevada is deeply concerned about educational opportunities for all students, so it goes without saying that the results of this report are heartbreaking. A lack of adequate funding and resources have a real impact on students, translating into poor achievement, low graduation rates, and fewer opportunities as adults,” said Staci Pratt, Legal Director for the ACLU of Nevada.

Clark County Sex Education Advisory Committee is Accepting Applications

The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees is accepting applications from people interested in joining its Sex Education Advisory Committee. Southern Nevada students need people on the committee who believe in the importance of comprehensive and medically accurate sex education. 

Applications will be accepted through February 14, 2014. 

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