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ACLU, Salt Lake Police and Salt Lake School District Settle Suit over “Gang Operation” at West High School

16 March 2016 Published in Newsroom
The SLC Police Department and the SLC School District have agreed to make broad and meaningful changes in how they treat students of color and engage in school disciplinary issues.

Responses from Coalition Member Organizations to Failed Repeal of Death Penalty in Utah

11 March 2016 Published in Newsroom
The Utah Justice Coalition has been working together for several years to pursue the abolishment of the death penalty.

ACLU of Utah Reactions: No Death Penalty Repeal this year

11 March 2016 Published in Newsroom
“We are very proud of the progress we made – and this effort is far from over!”

ACLU of Utah Statement on SLCPD’s Shooting of Abdi Muhamed

29 February 2016 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah joins Salt Lake City community members in calling for a full investigation of the recent shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Muhamed by Salt Lake City police officers.

Lawsuit Challenging San Juan County’s Mail-Only Electoral System Filed

25 February 2016 Published in Newsroom
The County’s decision to switch to a mail-only voting system, and designating only one distant location for in-person voting, adversely impacts Navajo voters.

ACLU of Utah Responds to Audit of Parole Board, “We Have Been Receiving Complaints for Years”

01 February 2016 Published in Newsroom
Today the Office of the Legislative Auditor General released a troubling audit of the Board of Pardons and Parole confirming the complaints of many inmates and family members.

ACLU of Utah Executive Director to Retire in 2016

09 January 2016 Published in Newsroom
Karen McCreary has dramatically grown and strengthened the high- profile organization over her nearly decade-long tenure.

Case Against West Valley Over “Gang Sweep” at West High School Ends

07 December 2015 Published in Newsroom
The federal court today entered a judgment against West Valley City and its police chief in a case brought by three former West High School students over a 2010 school-based “gang sweep” that prompted a class action lawsuit by the ACLU of Utah and the ACLU Racial Justice Program.

ACLU of Utah’s Statement on Judge’s Order

12 November 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah is closely monitoring the developing legal situation concerning a judge’s order that removes a 1-year-old child from the stable home where she has been living in the care of a married same-sex couple.

ACLU of Utah Responds Report Documenting Utah’s Unconstitutional Public Defense System

26 October 2015 Published in Newsroom
The Utah Judicial Council Study Committee released a report highlighting widespread deficiencies in Utah’s system to provide legal counsel for people who can’t afford a private attorney.

Suit Filed Challenging Farmington's "Free Speech" Ordinance

08 September 2015 Published in Newsroom
The suit alleges that on its face, the ordinance violates the Utah and U.S. Constitutions because it requires a permit for almost any conceivable form of public expression and imposes criminal penalties for failing to comply.

ACLU of Utah Launches YES ON SIX Campaign, “Legislative and Policy Solutions Need to Happen NOW”

28 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
Yesterday the ACLU of Utah launched “YES ON SIX,” an education and advocacy campaign to push for significant improvements to Utah’s failing county-by-country public defense system.

ACLU of Utah Calls for Action on Utah’s Failing Indigent Defense System

26 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah will launch its “YES ON SIX” campaign this Thursday, Aug. 27 at 10:00 a.m.  In 2011, the ACLU documented the inadequacies of Utah’s indigent system in a report called “Failing Gideon."

US Dept of Education to Investigate SLC School District for Discrimination Against Minority Students

19 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Civil Rights will investigate multiple allegations of racial discrimination against students of color in the Salt Lake City School District.

People Not Prisons: With Site Decided, It’s Now Time to Design Utah’s New Prison the Right Way

12 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The coalition People Not Prisons has a message for the Prison Relocation Commission and the public: “The site has been selected, now it is time to focus on doing this right.”

Hunger Strikers at Utah State Prison Have ACLU of Utah's Support

03 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
Prisoners at Utah State Prison in Draper have launched a hunger strike against restrictive housing conditions that keep them in their cells for 47 out of 48 hours.

Utah Federal Court Rules Same-Sex Mothers’ Parentage Rights Must Be Recognized

16 July 2015 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah federal court ruled Wednesday that the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics must recognize a same-sex married couple as legal parents of their child. The case was argued before U.S. District Judge Dee Benson whose ruling holds that the state must apply Utah’s assisted reproduction parentage statute equally to same and different-sex spouses. “The court's decision makes clear that Utah must provide the same benefits, protections, and obligations to married same-sex couples that it provides to every other married couple,” said Joshua Block, senior staff attorney for the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and HIV Project. “Utah's assisted conception statutes were passed to ensure that children have the protection of two legal parents from the moment they are born. The state could not identify any reason at all to explain why it should be able to deny that same protection to Angie and Kami's family.” The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah brought Roe v. Patton on behalf of plaintiffs Angie and Kami Roe, arguing that the Office’s refusal to recognize female spouses as parents violates their right to equal protection. “We are overjoyed by…

ACLU of Utah Celebrates Historic Supreme Court Ruling On Right Of Same-Sex Couples To Marry

26 June 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah joins millions of colleagues, allies and loved ones all over the country today in celebrating a momentous win for freedom, equality, inclusion and above all, love!

Utah Court Vacates Petitioner’s Convictions for Violating Ogden Gang Injunction

11 June 2015 Published in Newsroom
Late last week, the Second District Court of Utah filed an order vacating two misdemeanor convictions against Leland McCubbin for violating the so-called Ogden Gang Injunction.

People Not Prisons: Utahns Need to Speak Up For Our Neighbors Behind Bars

19 May 2015 Published in Newsroom
A loose coalition of advocacy groups working on behalf of the mentally ill, people recovering from substance use disorders, and individuals trapped in Utah’s criminal justice system, will host a press conference on Thursday, May 21.