Follow the links below to view ACLU of Utah press releases.
"In its current phase, Operation Rio Grande appears to rely on simply more of the same ineffective attempts to control the complex social issues of poverty, substance use disorder and mental illness through the same traditional mechanisms of our broken criminal justice system."
“We want to be sure that Utah’s youth, and the adults in their lives, are aware that there are new rules about how youth are to be treated when they come into contact with the juvenile justice system.”
"Because your social media pages are a public forum, your blocking of these individuals is an unconstitutional restriction on their right to free speech under the First Amendment.”
“Guardianship, like prison, takes away an individual’s freedoms."
“Everyone has constitutional rights in this country. The state of Texas, and every law enforcement officer in that state, must respect those rights."
“Customs & Border Patrol has a long history of ignoring its obligations under the federal Freedom of Information Act, a law that was enacted to ensure that Americans have timely access to information of pressing public concern.”
Several aspects of the proposal are constitutionally suspect and could attract expensive litigation.
The ACLU of Utah has filed objections to a federal magistrate judge’s recommendation to enforce a DEA subpoena seeking records from the Utah Controlled Substance Database.
“Local law enforcement cannot be forced to ignore their community priorities to participate in the federal government’s newly expanded mass deportation agenda.”
The ACLU of Utah has submitted extensive comments on Salt Lake City’s recently released “Draft Policy Regarding Release of Body Camera Footage.”
The report will be publicly available on Monday, February 13, 2017.
The FOIA was filed as part of a coordinated campaign with 50 ACLU affiliates.
The ACLU of Utah proudly stands with our immigrant and refugee communities to ensure their rights and freedoms under our laws and Constitution.
“We consider this a victory for open government and transparency."
"The ACLU wants to pave the way for easier access to body camera footage for all community members in the future.”
“Government accountability is not served by simply telling the public to trust that public officials have made good decisions.”
“This information should be made public; we will appeal this decision.”
2016 National Week of Action Against School Pushout is October 15 to October 23 October 14, 2016 – Racially Just Utah, in partnership with the ACLU of Utah, Salt Lake Peer Court and others, will be participating in the 2016 National Week of Action Against School Pushout, with multiple educational activities and arts-related activism. Through the National Week of Action, we seek to engage the community in conversation around the imbalance between ever-growing investment in juvenile justice and diminishing funding for public education. The National Week of Action Against School Pushout starts on Saturday, October 15, and runs through Sunday, October 23. This year’s theme for the National Week of Action Against School Pushout is: “Lift Us Up! Don’t Push Us Out.” The Week of Action is coordinated by Dignity in Schools, a nationwide organization committed to ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Our Salt Lake City-based National Week of Action coalition – including Racially Just Utah, Salt Lake Peer Court, the ACLU of Utah, the Disability Law Center, the Social Justice Student Initiative, Planned Parenthood of Utah, PPAU Teen Council and Spy Hop – is calling on the state, school districts and individual schools to: Shift funding from school-based policing to counselors…