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Spurred by pandemic, Kansas ACLU launches clemency project

Individual clemency petitions will be filed on a rolling basis beginning with the inmates who were part of that lawsuit as well as more than 50 others who have since contacted the ACLU. And Bonds expects that number to grow.

May 14, 2020

Court: Kansas Can't Require Voters to Show Citizenship Proof

A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Kansas can’t require voters to show proof of citizenship when they register, dealing a blow to efforts by Republicans in several states who have pursued restrictive voting laws as a way of combating voter fraud.

April 29, 2020

Kansas Supreme Court cancels arguments on releasing inmates

The lawsuit argues that the inmates are housed in crowded conditions with limited access to adequate medical care. It also contended that releasing vulnerable inmates would allow proper social distancing and reduce the virus’ transmission among remaining prisoners.

April 15, 2020

Lawsuit: Kansas college directed coaches to recruit whites

The ACLU alleges in a federal lawsuit that Highland Community College instituted a plan six months ago to reduce the number of black students. It contends the college’s strategy included expelling black students for minor or bogus infractions and singling them out for searches and harassment.

March 23, 2020

ACLU amends lawsuit to add four current, former KCC members

The American Civil Liberties Union expanded Tuesday a First Amendment lawsuit filed in federal court against a former Kansas Corporation Commission attorney to include the three current members and one former member of the state commission regulating the state’s energy and utility industries.

March 11, 2020