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What do you call placing over 80,000 American prisoners in isolated environments for 22-24 hours a day for months or years or decades causing serious psychological damage that increases recidivism and prison violence and costs upwards of $75,000/annually per inmate?

A complete failure.

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Last week, the New York Times wrote about a gunshot detection technology called ShotSpotter.  Similar to video camera monitoring technology, audio detection devices are set up throughout a city.  These devices pick up the sound of a gunshot and triangulate the location.  Back at a control room, a technician notifies the police.   Within minutes of the initial gunshot, police arrive on the scene often before a 911 call is even placed.
 
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Check out the cool new video from Mainers United for Marriage!

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In the scenario below, one sentence is incorrect.  Can you find it?

The police sneak into your home and attach a tiny tracking device to your person.  The device not only reveals your physical movements but records your conversations and has the ability to view your on-line activities.

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The ACLU of Maine Foundation filed suit today on behalf of Wilmer Recinos, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador that suffered a brutal beating at the hands of two guards while being held in the Cumberland County Jail in 2010. 

Mr. Recinos experience is sadly representative of our broken immigration detention system

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Gabe Rottman, legislative counsel/policy advisor in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, has an interesting breakdown of H.R. 347, the "Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011."   Signed by the president in mid-March, it expands an existing statute that criminalizes certain activity in and around areas that are restricted by the Secret Service.

Among the more troublesome aspects of the new law:
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Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear arguments for United States v. Arizona, the Justice Department’s challenge to SB 1070.

SB 1070 is Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law. After the law passed in 2010, two dozen copycat bills were introduced in state legislatures across the country; five passed in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah. The ACLU and a coalition of civil rights organizations have filed lawsuits in all six states.

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Today the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking information about a horrific U.S. missile strike that killed dozens of civilians in Yemen.

Nathan Freed Wessler, Fellow, ACLU, and Pardiss Kebriaei, Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights describe the FOIA request and the strike at the ACLU Blog of Rights.
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Last year, the ACLU of Maine fought hard to make certain that Maine's statewide health information exchange (HealthInfoNet) took steps to protect patient privacy.

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Need one reason to support the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act
The ACLU has nearly two hundred and counting. 

That's the rough number of law enforcement agencies across the country that acknowledge they are tracking cell phones.  We know this from coordinated public record requests of 383 law enforcement agencies on cell phone location tracking.  Of the 200 agencies that responded, only 10 do not track cell phones. 

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