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Bairefoot, et al., v. City of Beaufort, et al.

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of South Carolina, and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough filed a class-action lawsuit today challenging South Carolina municipal courts’ unconstitutional practices of denying lawyers to people who are sentenced to incarceration and can’t afford pr

October 12, 2017

Freedom of Information Act Request - DACA

On June 29, 2017, 10 states sent a letter to the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting the phase-out of the DACA program by September 5. We're requesting communication documents of the South Carolina Attorney General's office that lead up to that decision.

August 7, 2017 Immigrants' Rights

Brown v. Lexington County, et al.

In the latest front in the nationwide fight against debtors' prisons, on June 1, 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the illegal arrest and incarceration of poor people in Lexington County, South Carolina, without a hearing or representation by coun

June 1, 2017

ACLU v. Spartanburg

Together with the National ACLU, the ACLU of South Carolina has been investigating alleged violations of the constitutional rights of criminal defendants and individuals who are incarcerated at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

May 2, 2017 Criminal Justice & Incarceration Free Speech

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