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From the Utah Statehouse to the Utah Prison

19 October 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Just like every other state in the U.S., Utah has an incarceration problem. On any given day, thousands of Utahns can be found behind bars, locked up in prison and jail facilities. In 1978, just 66.6 out of every 100,000 people in Utah were behind bars, serving time in either state prison or county jail. By 2015, the incarceration rate shot up to 216.7 per 100,000 people – that is more than triple the rate less than forty years before. 

Week of Action: Working Together to Keep Kids in School!

19 October 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Take Action with the ACLU of Utah to dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline! 

Don't Make the Same Mistakes in 2018. Read Our Latest Report.

02 October 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Check out our first ever report on state legislation that criminalizes behavior and enhances penalties, contributing to "Utah's Statehouse-to-Prison Pipeline"! 

(UPDATED) ACLU of Utah Statement on Operation Rio Grande

19 September 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
After five weeks of implementation activity under the umbrella of this operation, the ACLU of Utah has seen very little to change our original assessment of this law-enforcement-heavy effort as “business as usual.” 

New Laws for Youth Justice System: SOMALI Version Brochure Now Available!

15 September 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The Somali-language version of our "New Laws in Utah about Juvenile Justice" brochure is now available!

Trust me. You want this job!

12 September 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Just because I’m moving on, doesn’t mean this isn’t a perfectly excellent job. In that spirit, I encourage you to come to the ACLU of Utah, and take my place as Strategic Communications Manager. 

Our Voting Rights Lawsuit is Going to Trial!

11 September 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
We are happy to report a breakthrough in our lawsuit to protect the voting rights of Navajo and rural voters in San Juan County! 

New Laws for Youth Justice System: Spanish Version Brochure Now Available!

28 August 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The Spanish-language version of our "New Laws in Utah about Juvenile Justice" brochure is now available!

Still Waiting For Reform: Six Years and Counting...

23 August 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
This week marks the SIXTH anniversary of the release of "Failing Gideon: Utah's Flawed County-by-County Public Defender System," the ACLU of Utah's report on Utah's failing county-by-county public defense system. How, if at all, have things changed? 

Yes on Six: Cindy's Story

23 August 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
“I didn’t even think about calling my attorney for clarification. He was too hard to get a hold of and I didn’t have money to call him or write him from jail. I mean, you’re lucky if they come and talk to you at all.”

The Latest on Trump's Muslim Ban(s)

10 August 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Nearly two months have passed since we last blogged about the ever-unfolding story of President Trump's Muslim Ban. Time for an update!

Syrian Refugees Are Survivors, Not Threats.

03 August 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
"You can imagine how frustrating this situation was, and still is, for Syrian, Arab, and Muslim-Americans."

Welcome to MaríadelMar González, Our New Community Outreach Fellow

19 July 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The ACLU of Utah is thrilled to announce that MaríadelMar González, a local grassroots activist and community advocate, has been hired to fill a brand new position. She will assist our integrated advocacy efforts to advance our priorities at the state and local level while strengthening community connections and supporting coalitions in protecting civil rights and civil liberties for all people in Utah.

YOUR Public Comment is Needed on New Juvenile Detention Rules

05 July 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The ACLU of Utah has learned that the State of Utah is requesting comment from the public on new administrative rules about who can be admitted to juvenile detention facilities, and for what reasons.

The Story of Trump's Muslim Bans - So Far

22 June 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
On June 17, at a special ACLU of Utah Ramadan iftar, our Legislative & Policy Counsel Marina Lowe gave an overview of the ACLU's legal challenges to the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban(s).

As a Syrian Muslim, Here's What Our New Intern Thinks of the Muslim Ban.

14 June 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
This blog post is the first in a series of writings by Abed Alsolaiman about the Trump Administration's attempts to ban travel by refugees and others from predominantly Muslim countries, including Syria. Abed is an intern at the ACLU of Utah for the summer. In the fall, he will enter his senior year of high school at Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City.

The ACLU is NOT an Environmental Organization. So Why Did We Comment on Bears Ears?

05 June 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
We have a simple formula (overly simple, really) for explaining the issues the ACLU of Utah gets involved in.

Yes, we are still fighting Ogden’s so-called “gang injunction.” Here’s why.

23 May 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
On May 24, the ACLU of Utah and cooperating attorneys will be in court arguing about the constitutionality of Ogden’s so-called “gang injunction.” Again.

Yes On Six Update! (Don’t Get Too Excited).

02 May 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
As Remick v. Utah, our lawsuit against the state of Utah over the sorry state of our public defense system, slowly moves forward, we bring you a couple updates from our Yes On Six! Campaign, as we work to realize the constitutional right to an attorney for all Utahns (not just those who can pay for one).

What Happened to Medical Cannabis in Utah?

25 April 2017 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Utah’s new "Cannabis Research Law" undermines its own purpose while patients continue to wait for relief and access. 

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