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Criminal Justice Reform meeting schedule announced!

aclu03 dlr sentencing jpgUtah's Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice recently announced the dates and times of monthly meetings dedicated to the review and reform of our state's criminal justice system.

 In April, the state of Utah formally engaged the Pew Public Safety Performance Project (a project of the the Pew Charitable Trust) to conduct a review of Utah's criminal justice system, from pre-trial services to reentry support. This effort, called the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), has been conducted in many other states with the goal of interrupting - and even reversing - the decades-long trend of exponential growth in state prison populations. The Pew Public Sefety Perfomance Project performs this review and recommendation project AT NO EXPENSE to the state. However, the state must commit staff resources to working with Pew throughout the JRI process.

The process begins with analysists from Pew examining data provided by the Utah Department of Corrections and the state courts. The team of Pew analysts will use the data to evaluate what factors may be contributing most to Utah's growing prison population (bucking national trends, which have recently seen a small drop in nationwide prison populations, Utah's incarcerated population continues to grow). Pew will then make policy recommendations to the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), offering possible solutions to our state's specific prison population "drivers." You can review some commonly suggested policy solutions offered by Pew and adopted in other states here.

Those policy recommendations are intended to be "bundled" into a package of criminal justice reform bills that will be presented to the Utah State Legislature during the 2015 session.

Below is the schedule of Justice Reinvestment Initative meetings, convened by CCJJ, through the end of 2014. These meetings are open to the public. For more information about how to become involved, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ACLU of Utah Public Policy Advocate.

Note: All meetings will be held in the Senate Building at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Rooms and times listed below.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Spruce Room

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Copper Room

Monday, July 14, 2014- 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Copper Room

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Copper Room

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Copper Room

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Spruce Room

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Copper Room

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Copper Room