ACLU Sues to End Solitary Confinement at Virginia Prisons

A class of inmates represented by the American Civil Liberties Union brought a federal lawsuit Monday to stop solitary confinement at two maximum-security prisons in Virginia, arguing that a program meant to return prisoners to the general population is actually a veiled attempt at keeping them in solitary.

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Fifth Circuit Takes Up Indian Child Welfare Act Adoption Law

Attorneys representing Native American tribes told a panel of Fifth Circuit judges Wednesday that a 1978 law that gives preference to Native American families when placing Native American children in foster care or for adoption is essential to preserving tribes’ culture and is not merely based on racial identification.

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