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ACLU Death Penalty Information

The death penalty is the greatest denial of civil liberties. Read about why the ACLU is working towards a moratorium and how you can help. Topics include: (1) Innocent people are being sentenced to death, (2) Almost all people on death row could not afford to hire an attorney, (3) Race often plays a role in determining a capital sentence, (4) Where a death sentence is sought often determines whether a defendant is sentenced to death more than the circumstances of the crime, (5) Juvenile offenders (16 and 17 years old) are sentenced to death and executed in the U.S. even though kids are not given the same responsibilities of adults.

Ending the Abusive Treatment of Prisoners

These pages of the Human Rights Watch web site provide information on prison conditions, prison abuses, human rights protections for prisoners, and related issues: 1) What human rights violations are commonly inflicted on prisoners? 2) What human rights protections cover prisoners? 3) What is the United Nations doing about abuses against prisoners? 4) What other groups are working to protect prisoners from abuse? 5) Prison information arranged by region and by issue. 6) Human Rights Watch prison reports.

Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War

Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Adopted on 12 August 1949 by the Diplomatic Conference for the Establishment of International Conventions for the Protection of Victims of War, held in Geneva from 21 April to 12 August 1949, Entry into force: 21 October 1950

Keep America Safe and Free

The ACLU Campaign to Defend the Constitution The urgency in our campaign to keep America both safe and free has never been greater as more than 150 sections of the Patriot Act are set to expire or "sunset" unless Congress votes to reauthorize, and expand, the bill. Resources on this page will help to educate yourself and others about what's at stake with the sunsets and to take action to preserve the checks and balances that shield our fundamental freedoms from excessive government power.

Prisoner's Rights

Over the past 30 years, prison has occupied an increasingly dominant role in American crime policy. The burgeoning U.S. prison population that now tops 2 million arose from decades of policies that toughened sentencing laws and emphasized an American war on drugs.

Standing Up for Victims, Communities and Taxpayers

The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services is committed to providing motivated offenders with the opportunity to succeed - but only in the framework of public safety. We work to make offenders taxpayers rather than tax burdens and focus extensively on preserving the rights of victims and restoring their quality of life.

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