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YES ON SIX: Demand that the Sixth Amendment be realized in Utah!

26 August 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Tell your state legislator how inadequate legal counsel has failed you or someone you know, who couldn’t afford her or his own private attorney.

We Stand with Planned Parenthood

11 August 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Without Planned Parenthood, millions of women and families in low-income communities would not have the healthcare they need. TAKE ACTION: Sign this petition to protect women’s reproductive decisions.

Why Would Anyone Plead Guilty, If They Are Innocent?

06 August 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
This blog post was written by Alexandria Sadler (Summer Intern 2015), a recent graduate of the University of Utah who will be attending law school this fall in California.

Building a New Prison Could Reduce Utah's Rampant Use of Barbaric "Restrictive Housing"

28 July 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
In practice, “solitary confinement” isn’t exactly what you see in movies: the dirt-smeared man alone in a dark cell, with a rat for company and a tiny window his only connection to the outside world.

Order signed! Lucy got her birth certificate with both moms listed!

23 July 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
All Utah same sex parents who qualify can be listed on birth certificates.

The Bad News Behind Salt Lake Co's Work to Reduce Pay Gaps Between Prosecutors & Public Defenders

16 July 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Last week, the Salt Lake County Council discussed ways in which the county can eliminate pay gaps between public defenders and county prosecutors. This is very good news.

VICTORY! Court Tells Utah: Put BOTH Mothers on Birth Certificate...NOW.

15 July 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
On July 15, just two-and-a-half weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage, LOVE WON AGAIN in Utah!

As Our Addiction to Incarceration Gets Worse, More Utahns Will Struggle to Find a Place to Live

30 June 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
What does it mean, to “pay your debt to society” after committing a crime?

June 26th: A Historic Day for Equality

28 June 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Today the Court determined our constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection prohibit states from excluding same-sex couples from marriage.

Love Wins!

25 June 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
“Words cannot express the happiness we feel in response to the Supreme Court Decision.” ACLU of Utah Plaintiffs Mrs. & Mrs. Roe

ACLU Action on Law Enforcement Abuse of Power

16 June 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Last Saturday, a committed community activists came together in a sunny multi-purpose room to discuss a not-so-sunny subject: the killing of community members by law enforcement officers.

You may have the RIGHT to an attorney...but in Utah, does it matter?

08 June 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
"Any adult Utahn who watched any television growing up probably knows these words by heart: ‘You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.’"

Do We NEED to Move the Prison? Wrong Question.

25 May 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
So, if you haven’t heard the news, the ACLU of Utah is supportive of the prison relocation. Well, not EXACTLY.

Pot, People and Prison Relocation: Updates from the Criminal Justice World

19 May 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The ACLU of Utah works on criminal justice issues all up and down what we call the "criminal justice pipeline" - everything from law enforcement tactics and discipline in school to prison/jail conditions and felon discrimination. That's a lot of work. And it's also a lot of news to pass along to our supporters, allies and partners. So here goes!

Medical Cannabis: It's time, Utah.

19 May 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Last year, Sen. Mark Madsen’s bill to legalize the use of medical cannabis nearly passed through the Utah Senate – and he has every intention of trying again in 2016. The ACLU of Utah agrees that NOW is the time to allow legal access to medical cannabis to people who are ill and wish to use this particular drug regimen if works for them.

Prison Relocation "Open Houses" for the Public

04 May 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The Prison Relocation Commission recently announced a series of "Open Houses" in various locations for members of the public to learn more, and ask questions, about the relocation of the primary Utah State Prison facility currently in Draper, Utah.

It's April: What's New with the Prison Relocation?

04 May 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Plenty has been happening...so let's dive right in with some news on the prison relocation.  Has the New Prison Relocation/Development Commission Started to Meet Publicly? No.  No meeting set yet for the Prison Development (formerly Relocation) Commission. The last official public news was that the same five sites are still up for consideration - as presented in the February 27 PRC meeting - and that there is NO official ranking of those sites. The full presentation by MGT of America from that meeting is posted at the bottom of this post for your information. Does Any CONVENIENTLY Located City Want the Prison? Also No.

Wrapping up the Legislative Session: Criminal Justice "odds & ends"

07 April 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Here it is, friends, your final installment of select(ed) information from the 2015 legislative session, related to criminal justice reform.

Criminal Justice Re-cap of 2015 Session: Part 3!

23 March 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Almost there, friends, almost there. This is the 3rd of 4 installments, updating you about mostly good (but some not-so-good) stuff that happened in the area of criminal justice reform during the legislative session. 

Criminal Justice Re-cap of 2015 Session: Part 1!

19 March 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Going through my notes from the legislative session, I am thrilled to report that there was a TON of progress (and, in a few cases, a little backsliding) in many areas of criminal justice reform.