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Smith v. Fitzpatrick, et al.

UPDATE September 28, 2018: The Maine Department of Corrections has agreed to continue providing necessary medication to Zachary Smith when he is in state custody, as part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed in July by the ACLU.

July 26, 2018 Criminal Justice

FOAA: Portland Smart City Lights

The ACLU of Maine filed a Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) request with the City of Portland in November, 2017 after learning the city has decided to replace its normal street lights with LED "Smart City" lights that can be equipped with surveillance equipment.

June 6, 2018 Privacy

New England ACLU Affiliates v. United States DHS et al.

ACLU affiliates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont filed a lawsuit to require government agencies to turn over records about civil rights violations arising from immigration enforcement in their states. The lawsuit was filed against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S.

May 8, 2018 Immigrants' Rights

ACLU of Maine v. United States DHS et al.

The ACLU of Maine filed a lawsuit against Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after the agencies failed to turn over records about investigations into the citizenship status of bus passengers in Maine.


May 1, 2018 Immigrants' Rights Privacy

State of Maine v. J.R.

A teenager, referred to in court documents as J.R., was sentenced to nearly 18 months at Long Creek for a series of misdemeanor offenses. This case challenged the premise that prison is an appropriate punishment for youth with low-level offenses.

March 30, 2018 Youth Rights

Ali v. Long Creek, et al.

An 11-year-old boy with mental illness was brutally beaten by guards at Long Creek Youth Development Center. Despite the absence of any physical threat, the guards entered his cell and bashed his face against a metal bed frame, knocking out his front teeth.

March 14, 2018 Youth Rights Criminal Justice