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Print Column: Suicide Is a Bigger Threat Than Shootings for North Dakota’s Kids

Print Column: Suicide Is a Bigger Threat Than Shootings for North Dakota’s Kids

MINOT, N.D. — A majority of students in North Dakota, some 53%, attend a school at which there is a police presence. Far more students in our state, some 74%, attend a school that fails to achieve the student-to-counselor ratio recommended by national organizations like the American School Counselor Association. Those numbers are from a

Plain Talk: ACLU of North Dakota Talks Cash Bail and Cops in Schools

On this episode of Plain Talk, Dane DeKrey from the ACLU of North Dakota talks about his group’s opposition to cash bail. They’d like to see the state use other methods to guarantee that defendants, released from jail pre-trial, show up in court. He also discusses his group’s opposition to the use of police officers

North Dakota Should End Cash Bail Requirements

Bail, as I’m sure you all know, is money or valuable property put into a bond so that someone charged with a crime can be released from jail pending resolution of the charges. On paper, it’s not a terrible system. It frees up jail space. It allows the accused to better participate in defending themselves

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Guest Post: The ACLU’s Blueprint for Prison Reform

This post was written by Dane DeKrey, advocacy director for the ACLU of North Dakota. Imagine you own a business. Nobody is buying your product and you’re losing money. Despite this, you decide to double down and scale up production. This goes on year after year, and you’re digging an ever-deeper hole. Your stubborn commitment

Plain Talk: North Dakota’s New ACLU Leader Says He’d Like to Find Common Ground With Conservatives, Burgum Pollster Talks 2020 Race

Can the ACLU, widely perceived as a left-wing organization, find common ground with conservatives in North Dakota? The new leader of the organization in the state, Dane DeKrey, says he’d like to try. Also Chip Englander, pollster for Governor Doug Burgum’s campaign, talks about the 2020 race. Use the links below to subscribe to the

Plain Talk: Jussie Smollett and Privilege, Plus North Dakota’s New Law Holding Anti-Pipeline Zealots Accountable

On today’s Plain Talk, Jussie Smollett got away with something in Chicago. What does that mean for our notions about privilege in America? Also, state Senator Janne Myrdal (R-Edinburg) talks about her bill, now sitting on Governor Doug Burgum’s desk, which aims to hold political zealots who vandalize or impede critical infrastructure like pipelines accountable.

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. Bismarck Tribune photo

Holding Political Extremists Accountable for Violence and Vandalism Is Not an Effort to “Chill Speech”

The ACLU opposes SB2044, a bill which clarifies law around tampering with critical infrastructure like power plants or pipelines and ups the penalties for doing so, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why. According to the organization the bill is an assault on protected speech. They said, on the occasion of

Supporters of Measure 1 during the 2018 campaign season. Bismarck Tribune file photo

Free Speech Groups, Including the ACLU, Oppose Legislative Efforts to Implement Measure 1

Ever since voters approved Measure 1 on the ballot last year there’s been a steady drumbeat of criticism aimed at state lawmakers who are now tasked with implementing it. Many of the lawmakers are reluctant, seeing in Measure 1 some pretty dire implications for speech and other political freedoms. Measure 1’s supporters (and even some,

Speaker of the House Rep. Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Ordering Study Into Whether It’s “Necessary” or “Desirable” to Implement Ethics Ballot Measure

“Measure 1 is actually so poorly written that it would institute a host of new restrictions and regulations on political speech and advocacy that would violate the First Amendment rights of all citizens.” That’s what the ACLU said about the “ethics” ballot measure last year, before voters approved it at the ballot box. Those sort

Valve Turner Michael Foster

ACLU Calls North Dakota Bill Targeting Meddling With “Critical Infrastructure” Unconstitutional

Back in 2016, during the heights of the #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipelines, a group of left wing activists calling themselves “valve turners” broke into pipeline facilities and, well, turned some valves. One of the valves turned was in North Dakota, along TransCanda’s Keystone line. This was a spectacularly stupid thing to do.

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