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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