Letters to Officials

The ACLU of Kansas exhausts all possible options before pursuing litigation, which is a last resort. Writing open letters to public officials holds them accountable and can often resolve issues without getting the courts involved. 

Letter to Osage County Jail

On May 28, 2021, the ACLU of Kansas sent a letter to the Osage County Sheriff Chris Wells regarding multiple reports of violations at the jail of attorney-client privilege.

June 3, 2021

Letter to City of Merriam RE: Panhandling Ordinance

In March 2021, the ACLU of Kansas and National Homelessness Law Center sent a letter to the Mayor Ken Sissom of Merriama and the City Council regarding a recently approved ordinance prohibiting pedestrians from standing on certain medians.

March 15, 2021

To Ellis County: Concerns Regarding Mislabeled Ballots

On October 24, 2020, the ACLU of Kansas sent Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus a letter urging her to share a public plan to prevent voter confusion after nearly 4,000 received incorrectly labeled ballots and to expand early voting hours to make up for those missed when the office closed to address

October 24, 2020

Letter to County District Courts RE: Public Criminal Trial Proceedings

In October 2020, the ACLU of Kansas Legal Team wrote letter to Chief Judge James McCabria of the Douglas County District Court and Chief Judge Patricia Macke Dick of the Reno County District Court outlining concerns about blocking members of the public, including media, from viewing criminal cour

October 14, 2020