Abel Tovar Hernandez, 32, was born in Mexico.
Access to a criminal defense lawyer is a critical component of justice and fairness protected in both the Oregon and United States constitutions.
In June 2021, we asked the Oregon Supreme Court to consider a person’s race and language when analyzing whether a reasonable person would feel free to leave a police encounter.
This friend-of-the-court brief argues that the Excessive Fines Clause in the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution categorically bars imposing fines on unhoused individuals for conduct that is inseparable from the status of homelessness.
The ACLU of Oregon joined partners Disability Rights Oregon and Lewis and Clark Law School’s Criminal Justice Reform Clinic in a friend-of-the-court brief to the Oregon Supreme Court highlighting the often deadly harms of the for-profit medical care industry operating in jails and prisons.