American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona

Apr 15, 2015

ACLU becomes involved in gay adoptions dispute

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona said Thursday it will sue Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery unless he changes course and begins to provide gay couples with mandated adoption services.

Jan 8, 2015

A civil liberties agenda for our new governor

On election night, just after being named the winner of Arizona’s hotly contested race for governor, Doug Ducey promised to “make Arizona a place of opportunity for all.” He reiterated that promise during his Jan. 5 inaugural address, saying every Arizonan must be “given a fair chance and even a second chance, no one forgotten, no one written off.”

Sep 9, 2014

Only 21 Arizona voters used new two-tier system

Fears that thousands of voters would be denied the right to vote for state officials this year were proven wrong in the state's first use of a two-tier voting system.

Oct 4, 2013

Order of monitor for sheriff’s department draws criticism

After a federal judge ordered that a monitor guard against racial profiling by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Denise Velez showed up with a handful of demonstrators Thursday to fill out a tongue-in-cheek application to “babysit” Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Charles Ryan
Jun 12, 2013

Inmate advocates question claim that Arizona prisons have no solitary confinement

Raising doubts from skeptics, Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan told a legislative committee Wednesday the department has no solitary confinement, despite keeping the maximum-security inmates in their cells alone for 22 hours a day.

May 3, 2013

Divided House overhauls religious freedom bill

The Arizona House of Representatives moved Thursday to temper a divisive bill that sought to wildly expand religious freedom protections and had drawn opposition from civil liberties groups and Democratic lawmakers.

Arizona gun bills
Apr 22, 2013

ACLU chimes in on Phoenix gun advertisement case

Unlikely allies are teaming up to fight the city of Phoenix's 2010 decision to remove 50 pro-gun advertisements from city bus shelters.

Feb 8, 2013

‘English only’ measure could cost the state federal money

A state lawmaker’s plan to save the state money by sending government materials only in English may run afoul of the Civil Rights Act and federal guidelines, and could cost state agencies billions per year in federal dollars.

Cells at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. Because the facility was built to house accused and convicted criminals, immigration detainees face stricter conditions there than at a federal facility just up the road. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Fara Illich)
Dec 12, 2012

Groups object to housing immigration detainees in Pinal County jail

The first stop for all Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees is just down the road from here at the Florence Detention Center, which has a new soccer field, offers buffet-style dining and allows face-to-face visits with family, friends and lawyers.

Apr 30, 2010

Past cases cited by both sides in immigration lawsuits

Federal courts have rejected immigration laws in other states that aimed for results similar to those prescribed by Arizona’s S1070, but supporters of the Arizona law say they learned a lesson from those court cases and made sure to avoid repeating past mistakes.