That is the standard for the Eighth Amendment's protection--the Constitution protects inmates in prisons and jails from "deliberate indifference to a serious medical need." There are few medical needs more serious than drug addiction, but unfortunately very few prisons and jails do enough to provide tools to inmates to help treat and overcome addiction. In a well-researched article in today' New York Times, Katie Zezima and Abby Goodnough discuss one o
As Alex Abdo, noted on the ACLU Blog of Rights last week, the latest documents concerning the government's suspcionless surveillance program were shocking in their frankness. In particular, the FBI acknowledged why the government doesn't want the public to know about this surveillance--people would get mad at their phone companies for turning
Individuals and groups from across the political spectrum are gathering today in Augusta to show support for reproductive freedom and to oppose three bills that would put women's health at risk. So far, the coverage of the reproductive freedom press conference has been very positive. The Portland Press Herald quoted Rep.
In a column in today’s Portland Press Herald, M.D. Harmon strains logic past the breaking point. The piece begins with a criticism of Hilary Clinton’s 1996 book, “It Takes a Village”—always a good warm-up act, even 15 years after publication. Harmon quotes approvingly from a criticism of the book based on its supposed paternalism and endorsement of “big government”—government is supposedly the village, and the public is the child.
It begins this week. On Wednesday April 6, the Taxation Committee of the Maine Legislature will conduct public hearings on two bills to fund religious school tuition with tax expenditures. These are the first of many bills up for consideration this session that will allow for a system of government-funded religion here in Maine. The principle against funding religion with public money pre-dates the Bill of Rights, and it has served this state and the natio
There is no such thing as a secure computer system. Today, the New York Times reports that SecurID, a company which "pioneered advanced cryptographic systems" has been the victim of a serious security breach. They are one of the international leaders in securing computer information, and even they are vulnerable to breach.
Our commitment to the right to counsel for people who can not afford a lawyer is no secret. I was a part of the group the developed the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services, and the ACLU of MAINE is committed to making sure this new Commission can do its job. One of its most important jobs is to make sure that the lawyers appointed by (and paid for by) the state to represent people accused of crimes have the skills, the experience, and the resources necessary to do the job.