The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Pennsylvania and the NAACP filed a lawsuit on October 19, 2011, against the city of Philadelphia charging that its refusal to allow an advertisement promoting criminal justice reform to appear at the Philadelphia International Airport violates the First Amendment. The ad (below) highlights America's high incarceration rate.

Press Releases


Mary Catherine Roper, Chris Markos, and Witold Walczak (ACLU-PA); Chris Hansen and Aden Fine (ACLU); Seth Kreimer (University of Pennsylvania Law School)

Date filed

October 19, 2011


US District Court, Eastern District for Pennsylvania