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How Restorative Justice Models Can Transform School Discipline

08 October 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
With the School-to-Prison Pipeline going strong in the United States, it is important to focus on alternate methods of discipline for struggling youth.

Justice Courts: Surprisingly Light on Actual Justice?

05 October 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
You’ll probably walk through the doors of your local justice court at least once in your life.

Kicking Off the Week of Action Against School Push-Out!

02 October 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Over the past sixty years, many laws have been put in place to ensure the equal treatment of historically disadvantaged racial minorities in the U.S. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’ve solved the many insidious problems associated with racial discrimination.

Week of Action: Invest in Public Education Not Prison Cultivation

28 September 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Join us in a week of action to challenge the “school-to-prison pipeline” in Utah. 

Peace Officer: A Film About How We Don't Have Peace Officers Anymore

16 September 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
“I witnessed my son-in-law killed by the SWAT team I founded.”- former Davis County Sherriff William “Dub” Lawrence.

How the Failing Public Defense System is Hurting Public Defenders

08 September 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
In a state with such a constitutionally-deficient public defender system, it is tempting to believe that the broken system in Utah, detailed in ACLU’s report “Failing Gideon,” is experiencing something different than other states. 

Why Police Might Want to Listen to Community Stories About Police Violence

04 September 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
On September 5, families, friends and supporters of people impacted by law enforcement excessive use of force will gather to share stories at “No More Tears: Stories of Police Violence.” 

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.

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