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December 2019

Targeting homeless? Most jaywalking tickets written near The Road Home and Pioneer Park.
SLTrib
(12/01/2019)

Weber County Sheriff’s Office completes investigation into potential electioneering by San Juan County clerk
SLTrib
(12/05/2019)

Under Attack by Trump, Immigrant Justice is Advancing in the States
ACLU National
(12/09/2019)

Utah moves toward allowing undocumented ‘Dreamers’ to practice law in the state
Salt Lake Tribune
(12/09/2019) 

Jason Stevenson and Sydni Makemo from Utah ACLU
Blacksite Podcast
(12/12/2019)

How Salt Lake City upended the system to use police and shelters to fight homelessness
LA Times 
(12/22/2019)

List of Davis County Jail inspection concerns over five years
Standard Examiner
(12/22/2019)

Newly released inspection reports give 'striking' look into jail operations
Standard Examiner
(12/22/2019)

ACLU: Salt Lake City may be violating rights in homeless camp cleanup sweeps
Deseret News
(12/23/2019)

ACLU accuses Salt Lake County Health Department of violating people’s due process rights during cleanup of homeless encampments
Fox 13
(12/23/2019)

ACLU of Utah alleges Salt Lake County is failing to provide due process before homeless camp cleanups
Salt Lake Tribune
(12/23/2019)

The Utah Department of Public Safety’s use of facial recognition tech could be regulated by the legislature
Fox13
(12/26/2019)

Utah Legislature looks to limit Department of Public Safety’s use of facial recognition technology
Daily Herald
(12/30/2019)

News Brief: Fewer Births, Fewer Police Shootings & Local Civil Rights Leader Retirement
KUER
(12/30/2019)

Fatal crashes near South Salt Lake homeless center spark calls for safety improvements
Salt Lake Tribune
(12/31/2019)

November 2019

Weber attorneys want judge disqualified after he said they lied in gang injunction case
Standard-Examiner
(11/01/2019)

ACLU says Operation Rio Grande should not be a model for solving homelessness
KUTV
(11/04/2019)

ACLU says Operation Rio Grande hurts SLC’s homeless
FOX13
(11/04/2019)

ACLU says Operation Rio Grande created ‘long-term damage’
Deseret News
(11/04/2019)

New ACLU report examines ‘long-term damage’ of Operation Rio Grande
SLTrib
(11/04/2019)

Utah ACLU critical of homeless operation in latest report
KSL News Radio
(11/04/2019)

Election 2019: Results of the SLC mayor’s race and more
FOX13
(11/05/2019)

Rod Arquette Show Daily Rundown
KNRS
(11/05/2019)

Operation Rio Grande - ACLU says cops were picking on homeless
KSL News Radio
(11/05/2019)

Salt Lake County's Third Homeless Shelter Complete, But Concerns Remain
KUER
(11/05/2019)

Operación Rio Grande
Univision 32
(11/05/2019) 

Little-known law hurting Gay-Straight Alliances, supporters say
ABC4
(11/06/2019)

ACLU criticism downplays a dire Rio Grande crisis
Deseret News
(11/06/2019)

ACLU opposes Weber County's effort to have judge kicked off gang injunction case
Standard-Examiner
(11/06/2019)

Preliminary results indicate county government question may be rejected
San Juan Record
(11/06/2019)

No ease of tension: Election irregularities trouble the San Juan County special election
Moab Sun News 
(11/07/2019)

ACLU criticism downplays a dire Rio Grande crisis
Deseret News
(11/07/2019)

Behind the death of Ron Lafferty, Utah’s most infamous death row inmate
Deseret News
(11/11/2019)

This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: November 11, 2019
Amicus Weekly News Roundup
(11/11/2019)

Utah settles civil rights claims of inmates tortured by former Daggett County Jail guard
SLTrib
(11/15/2019)

Transgender woman forced to remove makeup for Utah driver’s license photo
FOX13
(1/15/2019)

The Justice Files: The execution of Gary Gilmore
ABC4
(11/17/2019)

Trans Woman Forced to Scrub Makeup for Utah License Photos
The Advocate
(11/18/2019)

Utah law banning toplessness for women is unconstitutional, attorneys say
Deseret News 
(11/19/2019)

Utah judge considers whether to strike down lewdness statute involving topless women
fox13
(11/19/2019)

A Utah judge will decide if a woman violated the law by being topless in her home in front of her stepchildren
SLTrib
(11/19/2019)

Utah woman fights charge after kids see her topless at home
AP
(11/20/2019)

Utah woman could be registered as sex offender for going topless in front of stepkids
NY Post
(11/20/2019)

A woman’s stepchildren saw her topless in her home. She may have to register as a sex offender.
Washington Post
(11/21/2019)

A Utah Woman Faces the Sex Offender Registry for Going Topless in Front of Her Stepkids
Reason Magazine
(11/21/2019) 

Utah Woman Charged With Lewdness After Being Topless In Her Own Home
NPR
(11/21/2019)

Utah Woman Whose Stepchildren Saw Her Topless in Home Faces Charges
People Magazine
(11/21/2019) 

Utah woman might have to register as sex offender after kids see her topless at home
Tribune Media Wire
(11/22/2019)

Free the Nipple’ attorney vows to sue Utah prosecutors for charging a woman with being topless in her own home
SLTrib
(11/22/2019)

Police, homelessness, and lessons learned from Operation Rio Grande
KPCW
(11/28/2019)

San Juan County Clerk investigated for electioneering
Moab Sun News
(11/28/2019)

Utah County’s top prosecutor is moving away from drug cases — but not everyone is on board
SLTrib
(11/29/2019)

A 2nd chance for first-time offenders
Deseret News 
(11/30/2019)

October 2019

ACLU responds to public schools promoting religious events
FOX13
(10/04/2019)

DACA recipients can’t legally practice law in Utah. The state’s Supreme Court may change that
Deseret News
(10/07/2019)

Federal judge scolds Weber County in declaring gang injunction unconstitutional
Standard-Examiner
(10/18/2019)

Utah wants Planned Parenthood lawsuit halted while U.S. Supreme Court hears abortion case
FOX13
(10/19/2019)

Utah police are subscribing to new digital technologies — but at what cost to people’s privacy?
SLTrib
(10/21/2019)

Questions arise over November 5 election
San Juan Record Editor
(10/29/2019)

Bridging the Rainbow Divide
City Weekley
(10/31/2019)

Weber County attorney wants judge removed from Ogden Trece gang case for calling him a ‘liar’
SLTrib
(10/31/2019)

September 2019

Northern Utah jails post lowest inmate death total in 7 years
Standard-Examiner
(09/01/2019) 

Court fight advances over public access to Utah jail standards and inspections
Ogden Standard-Examiner
(09/02/2019) 

Citizen Revolt: Sept. 5
City Weekly
(09/04/2019)

Arguments To Begin In Utah Lawsuit Over Jail Records Access
AP
(09/04/2019) 

Utah judge rules for release of county's jail inspection records
Salt Lake Tribune/AP
(09/06/2019) 

Utah judge rules county jail inspection documents are public records
Ogden Standard Examiner
(09/06/2019) 

Judge to make jail audits public as Utah grapples with inmate deaths
Deseret News
(09/06/2019) 

Utah officials want to let minority defendants raise issues of race and bias at their sentencing
Salt Lake Tribune 
(09/06/2019) 

Fiancée of Wellington man killed in officer involved shooting says lethal force was excessive
ABC 4
(09/11/2019)

Should Utah stop police facial recognition searches of drivers’ photos?
Deseret News
(09/18/2019) 

Legislature Wants To Regulate Law Enforcement Use Of Facial Recognition Software
KUER
(09/18/2019)

Utah lawmakers scrutinize law enforcement’s facial recognition scans of state driver licenses
SLTrib
(09/18/2019)

 

August 2019

Top Of Mind With Julie Rose
BYU Radio
(08/15/2019)

‘Fire in the hole!’: Back to back suspicious package scares keep the Bomb Squad busy
ABC 4
(08/15/2019) 

Advocates lay out top women’s initiatives
KSL
(08/16/2019)

Jason M. Groth: The solution to criminal justice flaws is in the data
SLTrib
(08/16/2019) 

Utah lawmakers worry over real-time surveillance program’s reach and whether it creates ‘Big Brother’
Fox 13
(08/20/2019) 

Operation Rio Grande: Where are we two years later?
ABC 4
(08/21/2019)

Close Connections
City Weekly
(08/21/2019)

Leaders, treatment providers reflect on success stories from 2 years of Operation Rio Grande
Deseret News
(08/21/2019)

July 2019

Lawmakers want answers about federal access to state driver license records
ABC 4
(07/08/2019)

Gehrke: Utah’s sweeping, unreliable searches of our driver license photos need to stop
SLTrib
(07/15/2019)

KCPW’s Hive: Facial recognition scans of Utah drivers license and driving privilege card databases
KPCW
(07/18/2019)

Utah ranks 2nd in nation for supporting laws that protect LGBTQ community
SLTrib
(07/22/2019) 

Activists highlight missing and slain indigenous people in Utah, propose a task force
SLTrib
(07/23/2019)

New Deportation Policy Could Put Thousands Of Utah Immigrants At Risk For Speedy Removals
KUER
(07/25/2019)

Utah has required schools to have ‘In God We Trust’ posted publicly for 17 years
SLTrib
(07/27/2019)

How police might access your Lyft, Tinder and Google accounts in a criminal investigation
Deseret News
(07/28/2019)

Rachel Appel: Voting rights matter in San Juan County
SLTrib (Op-ed)
(07/28/2019)

Legislative Backfire
City Weekly
(07/31/2019)

R3J3CT3D PL8S
City Weekly
(07/31/2019) 

June 2019

By law, DA says he can't enforce new abortion statute, pro-life leader says it's politics
KUTV
(06/02/2019) 

Early Abortion Laws: Which States Have Passed Them, and How Can You Help Those Affected?
Allure Magazine
(06/06/2019) 

HB 136 and the anti-abortion push in Utah
BYU Daily Universe
(06/07/2019) 

Utah law requires sexual assault victims to report the crime before seeking a post-viability abortion. Should they have to?
Salt Lake Tribune
(06/09/2019) 

ACLU warns Heber City not to remove LGBTQ Pride banners
FOX13
(06/10/2019) 

Mayor expects Heber City to consider new policies after backlash to Pride banners
KUTV
(06/10/2019) 

LGBT Pride flags spark controversy, support in Utah city
Deseret News
(06/10/2019) 

Pride flags won’t come down in Heber despite controversy
ABC4
(06/11/2019) 

LGBTQ pride flags spur debate in small Utah town
AP
(06/14/2019) 

ACLU partners with DSU Police to provide fingerprinting for DACA recipients
The Spectrum
(06/14/2019) 

Utah Celebrates 30th anniversary of the Utah Juneteenth Festival
ABC14
(06/16/2019) 

Dixie State University Police Offer Fingerprinting For People Covered By DACA
NPR 
(06/17/2019) 

Report finds government fails to track data on deaths in police custody
Deseret News
(06/18/2019) 

Judge allows Utah to gather evidence to defend abortion ban
Deseret News 
(06/20/2019) 

As Trump Tweets Hateful Threats, States are Protecting Immigrant Right
ACLU National 
(06/21/2019) 

Looming ICE Operation Overshadows Salt Lake City's Celebration For Immigrants
KUER
(06/21/2019) 

Box Elder jail ruling gives boost to suit against Weber County's gang injunction
Standard-Examiner
(06/23/2019)

Bill aiming to ban nearly all abortion in Utah is stricter than LDS Church stance
Utah Policy
(06/26/2019)

How will the national abortion debate impact Utah?
Utah Statesman
(06/30/2019) 

May 2019

Riverton City Council considers anti-abortion resolution as critics say it’s ‘wildly inappropriate’
The Salt Lake Tribune
(5/06/19) 

Homeless in Utah: What happened to Rio Grande crime after Operation Rio Grande?
KSL
(05/08/2019)

Utah city to debate anti-abortion resolution
St. George Spectrum and Daily News
(04/05/2019)

DA Sim Gill declines to endorse bill banning most abortions after 18 weeks
KUTV
(05/13/2019)

U.S. Judge upholds request for Salt Lake DA to not enforce Utah's new abortion law
KUTV
(05/13/2019)

Who or what is to blame for the racial disparity in Utah’s prison population?
Salt Lake Tribune
(05/13/2019) 

What rights would Utah women have if Roe v. Wade were overturned?
ABC4
(05/16/2019)

After loved ones are killed by police, Utah families say they are left in the dark
Salt Lake Tribune
(05/19/2019)

List: The 19 people killed by police in Utah in 2018
Salt Lake Tribune
(05/19/2019) 

Police in Utah fatally shot a record 19 people in 2018. Now the state attorney general is investigating why.
Salt Lake Tribune
(05/19/2019)

Utah activists protest new wave of abortion bans
ABC4
(05/21/2019)

Hundreds gather at Capitol to protest increasingly strict abortion laws
FOX13
(05/21/2019)

Utah Attorney General wants beta-test of body scanner that detects concealed weapons
ABC4
(05/22/2019)

Hundreds protest abortion bans at Utah Capitol building
AP/Ogden SE
(05/22/2019)

Pro-choice advocates rally against legislative restrictions.
City Weekly
(05/21/2019)

ACLU says Utahns didn't sign up to be 'guinea pigs' for Attorney General-approved scanner testing
Deseret News
(05/22/2019) 

Hundreds in Utah join nationwide abortion law protests
Deseret News 
(05/22/2019) 

Hundreds rally at Utah Capitol to protest abortion bans in the state and around the country
Salt Lake Tribune
(05/22/2019) 

Park City Police Consider New 3D Scanning Technology For Event Security
KPCW
(05/23/2019)

Utah will test hidden technology that tries to find weapons among crowds at schools, stadiums and churches
Salt Lake Tribune
(05/23/2019)

Twin reviews of Utah police shootings examine societal, officer training issues
Ogden Standard Examiner
(05/25/2019) 

All the states taking up new abortion laws in 2019
The Hill
(05/27/2019) 

Gehrke: Wait a minute, why is Utah’s attorney general helping a private company sell body scanners?
Salt Lake Tribune
(05/30/2019) 


April 2019

At county convention, Lt. Gov. Cox says Utah could lose Republican majority if conservatism isn’t better explained to younger voters
St. George News
(4/27/19) 

Ogden camera network credited for cutting crime by 20%
KSL
(4/26/19) 

Iowa's New Law Criminalizing Undercover Investigations of Farms Faces Legal Challenges
Pacific Standard
(4/23/19) 

Utah Warrant Bill Raises Stakes For Cops' Digital Data Grabs
Law360
(4/23/19) 

Lehi city vs. Lehi moms: A 'muddy area' of the first amendment
Carley Porter Daily Herald
(4/21/19) 

‘Trib Talk’: Planned Parenthood of Utah fights a state abortion ban and a federal gag order
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/18/19) 

Priced Out
City Weekly
(4/17/19) 

Bearing Witness
City Weekly
(4/17/19) 

Analysis: Is abortion a potent political issue in Utah?
Utah Policy
(4/17/19) 

Utah Bans Police From Searching Digital Data Without A Warrant, Closes Fourth Amendment Loophole
Forbes
(4/16/19) 

Utah’s first-of-its kind data privacy law
KCPW
(4/11/19) 

Rod Arquette Show Daily Rundown - Thursday, April 11, 2019
KNRS
(4/11/19) 

A Utah police department is thinking about getting rid of its body cameras. Residents — including the families of people shot by officers — are rallying against the idea.
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/10/19) 

Tribune Editorial: Chalk drawings are not ‘criminal mischief
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/8/19) 

Criminal mischief? Lehi police crack down on chalk art protest by children, moms concerned over gravel mine
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/4/19) 

LDS Church reverses policy regarding children of LGBT parents, designation of LGBT marriage as apostasy
Ogden Standard Examiner
(4/4/19) 

Crime is down in and around The Gateway mall in Salt Lake City — and officials are celebrating
Salt Lake Tribune
(4/2/19)

Salt Lake mall's owners report 'dramatic' crime drop, urge Utahns to come back
Deseret News
(4/2/19)

Recent ruling could impact way state polices Rio Grande
ABC4
(4/2/19)

March 2019

Society and the State: Life, Liberty, and Your Pursuit of Happiness
Society and the State
(3/30/19) 

Utah DACA recipient speaks out about obstacles to dream job
KUTV
(3/30/19) 

Guest opinion: Utah makes a surprising leader for electronic privacy
Deseret News
(3/29/19) 

Utah faces an expensive legal battle over abortion ban, again
KUTV
(3/28/19) 

ABORTIONS PAST 18 WEEKS ARE NOW BANNED IN UTAH
World Religion News
(3/28/19) 

Two DREAMers Petition Utah Supreme Court To Practice Law
KUER
(3/27/19) 

Should undocumented immigrants be allowed to practice law in Utah? The ACLU and others say yes
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/27/19) 

The Good Samaritan Foundation: Help for Refugees in Utah
The Borgen Project
(3/27/19) 

Police officers in Salt Lake City schools will be trained to arrest students less often
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/26/19) 

Salt Lake schools, city sign contract clarifying roles of school resource officers on campuses
Deseret News
(3/26/19) 

Opponents moving forward with efforts to block 18-week abortion ban
ABC4
(3/26/19) 

Herbert Vetoes Special Election Bill, Signs 18-Week Abortion Ban, Tobacco Age Bump, Plus 100 More
KUER
(3/26/19) 

Utah bans abortions after 18 weeks, teeing up legal showdown
Associated Press
(3/26/19) 

Governor signs 18-week abortion bill into law; opponents vow lawsuit
KUTV
(3/25/19) 

Utah’s governor signs bill banning abortions after 18 weeks
FOX13
(3/25/19) 

Settlement talks under way in lawsuit over abuse of inmates at Daggett Co. Jail
FOX13
(3/25/19) 

Herbert weighs signing strict abortion ban, says ACLU lawsuit not a factor
Associated Press
(3/15/19) 

This Is the End, My Friend
City Weekly
(3/15/19) 

Abortion Restrictions, Stronger Beer and Smoking Bills Pass
US News
(3/15/19) 

Want to Know How Your Local Jail Operates? Sorry, That May Be a Trade Secret.
Mother Jones
(3/19) 

Utah legislators back a plan to drop jail sentences for some crimes by one day to help immigrants avoid deportation
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/13/19) 

Utah lawmakers tee up a court fight with passage of an 18-week abortion ban
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/13/19)

'It will cost the state millions': Lawsuit awaits Utah Legislature's 18-week abortion ban
KUTV
(3/13/19)

Bill to ban abortions after 18 weeks passes Utah Legislature
FOX13
(3/13/19)

Bill banning abortions after 18 weeks passing Utah Legislature
Deseret News
(3/13/19)

Arkansas, Utah lawmakers pass 18-week abortion bans
Associated Press
(3/13/19)

Utah legislature passes bill banning abortion after 18 weeks
ABC4
(3/13/19)

States Weigh Bans on Shackling Jailed Moms During Childbirth
US News
(3/13/19)

Electronic privacy bill clears crucial vote in the Senate
ABC4
(3/12/19)

ACLU of Utah talks top legislative priorities
ABC4
(3/10/19)

Legal Panelists Focus on Free Speech Rights at Bennion Service House Dialogue
Daily Chronicle
(3/7/19)

Scott D. Pierce: FOX 13 is No. 1. So is KUTV. It all depends on what you’re counting.
Salt Lake Tribune
(3/6/19)

Concerned about deaths, Utah Legislature ties jail funding to counties' disclosure of their policies
Ogden Standard Examiner
(3/2/19)

Tougher penalties for drug dealing near shelters clears Utah House, but with concerns
Deseret News
(3/2/19)

February 2019 

Utah House Passes Bill to Hinder Federal Surveillance, Warrantless Access to Cloud Data
The Libertarian Republic
(2/28/19)

Utah House passes bill banning abortion after 18 weeks
FOX13
(2/26/19)

Bill to prevent abortions after fetal Down syndrome diagnosis headed to the Utah Senate
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/22/19)

SB103: Utah hate crimes bill passes committee unanimously
BYU Daily Universe
(2/21/19)

House Judiciary Committee Moves 18-Week Abortion Ban Ahead
KUER
(2/20/19)

Bill banning abortion in Utah after 18 weeks advances in the legislature
FOX13
(2/20/19)

Utah House committee OKs bill to ban abortions after 18 weeks
Deseret News
(2/20/19)

Abortion bill advances at State Capitol
ABC4
(2/20/19)

Utah Senate passes bill tightening state rules governing property seizures by police
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/19/19)

Utah hate-crimes law to get hearing after years of gridlock
Cache Valley Daily
(2/19/19)

Republican Utah lawmakers abandon dueling bills on changing the gender on a person’s government documents
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/14/19)

Citizen Revolt: Feb. 14
City Weekly
(2/13/19)

Lawmaker who wants to ban change of gender on birth certificate amends his bill to allow change on driver license
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/13/19)

Proposal to ban warrantless digital searches wins committee approval
Deseret News
(2/12/19)

Gehrke: All of us may end up paying for San Juan County’s litigious streak
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/11/19)

Utah police feel 'slapped down' as civil asset forfeiture bill advances
Ogden Standard Examiner
(2/7/19)

Bill intended to clarify what Utah health educators can teach about contraception stalls in committee
Deseret News
(2/7/19)

Sponsor of bill on Down syndrome abortion ban says this year’s version sidesteps constitutional issues
Salt Lake Tribune
(2/6/19)

Rollin Cook, Lamont’s choice for prison chief, faces confirmation hearing Thursday
Hartford Courant
(2/6/19)

Tech set to get a boost in '19 legislative session but USTAR could go down in flames
Deseret News
(2/3/19)

Two young adults infiltrated an immigration detention center in Florida. This Sundance film shows what they found
Deseret News
(2/3/19)

Overhaul of Utah's public defender system ‘a huge benefit’ for Juab County
Deseret News
(2/2/19)

Utah Legislature seeks input on whether to promote digital and data privacy
KSL
(2/1/19)

January 2019

A Utah lawmaker is pushing a digital privacy bill that would bar warrantless searches of data uploaded to apps or cloud platforms
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/31/18)

Utah lawmaker driving licenses from wallets to cellphones
Deseret News
(1/31/18)

Utah Lawmakers Target Trans People With Birth Certificate Bill
Out
(1/29/18)

Utah lawmaker wants to erase transgender identities from birth certificate records
Think Progress
(1/28/18)

Is gender fact or choice? Controversial bill would prohibit gender changes on Utah birth certificates
St. George News
(1/25/18)

Gehrke: That birth certificate bill? It’s a punitive swipe at Utah’s transgender community and it must be rejected.
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/24/18)

‘A person’s sex is no more subject to change than a person’s age’: Utah lawmaker defends bill to block changes to birth certificates
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/23/18)

Radioactive: January 16, 2019
KRCL
(1/16/18)

Federal judge rules ACLU lawsuit over Daggett County Jail prisoner abuse can continue against state defendant
Southern Utah Independent
(1/15/18)

Judge won’t dismiss lawsuit over abuse of inmates at Daggett County Jail
FOX13
(1/11/18)

Mandatory death sentence for cop killers? Officials say no
ABC4
(1/9/18)

Police show evidence of progress in Rio Grande, but criticism persists
KUTV
(1/7/18)

"Operation Rio Grande" arrests announced: ACLU looks behind numbers for the real story
ABC4
(1/7/18)

Utah’s state constitution bans slavery — mostly. And Rep. Sandra Hollins says mostly isn’t good enough.
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/6/18)

Incoming San Juan County commissioner’s Utah residency questioned again in lawsuit filed by unsuccessful Republican opponent
Salt Lake Tribune
(1/4/18)

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Don’t Shut Down Our Voices | A statement from Black Lives Matter Utah and the ACLU of Utah

04 June 2020 Published in Newsroom
Don’t Shut Down Our Voices A statement from Black Lives Matter Utah and the ACLU of Utah  Yesterday, amidst mounting criticism by community members, Mayor Mendenhall did the right thing by lifting the curfew order for Salt Lake City. And yet, we know the curfew caused harm to Black, Brown, refugee and immigrant communities who are already overpoliced and disproportionately affected by the current pandemic. More policing directly leads to more policing of Black and Brown people. The ACLU of Utah feels privileged to have heard from these communities and use our platform to reflect these facts. The city’s curfew was the wrong approach for several reasons. By picking and choosing the kinds of activities that were allowed, the curfew ended up targeting only free speech, assembly, and other protest activities. People who have cars to drive, people who feel comfortable talking to police, and people who can assume they won’t be targeted by law enforcement did not consider the curfew a big deal. Residents of the predominantly white or otherwise insulated neighborhoods of Salt Lake City felt free to violate the curfew order without risk of arrest and freely enjoyed the very public spaces that the curfew forbade. We know…

Update on the Petition for Extraordinary Relief Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

14 May 2020 Published in Newsroom
PRESS RELEASE May 14, 2020 In a filing on Wednesday with the Utah Supreme Court, the ACLU of Utah, the Disability Law Center, and the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers requested voluntary dismissal of the remaining counties from the current lawsuit. This decision is based on new information related to COVID-19 policies and practices provided to the Court that demonstrates that most counties in Utah are now in substantial compliance with the petition's requested relief, which included releasing prisoners and taking additional safety measures.  

Our Public Comment on HB 3006 (COVID-19 Special Session)

15 April 2020 Published in Newsroom
Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. Even amidst a national pandemic, it is crucial that we maintain fair and accessible elections. We applaud the Utah legislature for having the foresight to enact universal vote by mail in our state long before it became such an essential option for voters during this public health crisis. However, while the state and local government must take steps to protect the health and safety of voters and poll workers, we are concerned that HB 3006 will disproportionately disenfranchise low income voters, voters needing language and other assistance, rural voters and indigenous voters by eliminating in-person polling.

PRESS RELEASE: COVID-19 Recommendations for Utah Sheriffs

26 March 2020 Published in Newsroom
PRESS RELASE: COVID-19 Recommendations for Utah Sheriffs March 26, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The ACLU of Utah has called on all sheriffs in Utah to exercise their authority to protect the people who are, will soon become, and who may remain incarcerated during the current pandemic. Among the measures suggested are for sheriffs to: Ensure that their correctional facilities are as empty, safe, and clean as possible; Ensure that all facilities have adequate supplies of soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, and other hygiene products all provided free of charge. Implement procedures to care for those who become ill in their facilities, including: screening and testing of people for COVID-19, increasing access to medical care and removing all copays; obtaining access to the medication and equipment necessary to treat those who contract the virus; and immediately transferring sick patients to outside facilities for care when necessary; and putting into place non-punitive procedures for housing people who are exposed to the virus, who are at high risk of serious illness, or who screen or test positive for COVID-19.   The ACLU of Utah has also called on sheriffs to take steps to avoid taking new pre-trial detainees and holds from other agencies into…

PRESS RELASE: COVID-19 and the Criminal Justice System in Utah

21 March 2020 Published in Newsroom
PRESS RELEASE: COVID-19 and the Criminal Justice System in Utah March 21, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dear Criminal Justice Policy Officials and Stakeholders, As the novel strain of coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, and as more public and private actors take drastic steps to combat this pandemic, we urge you to develop and implement holistic policies that align with guidance from public health experts and that will minimize the harm inflicted on people involved in the criminal legal system – and, by extension, the harm inflicted on broader communities. Like all other public agencies, all aspects of the system – from policing and pretrial through sentencing, confinement, and release – will come under intense scrutiny for how the system responds to this national public health crisis. As of yesterday, it was reported that COVID-19 has spread to prisons and a jail in the United States, infecting personnel and inmates. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions – such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes – or who are otherwise immuno-compromised are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from…

PRESS RELEASE: July 10 Panel Discussion on Officer-Involved Shootings in Utah

26 June 2019 Published in Newsroom
PRESS RELEASE: July 10 Panel Discussion on Officer-Involved Shootings in UtahJune 27, 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOn Wednesday, July 10, a panel of activists and law enforcement will sit down at the University of Utah’s College of Social Work to discuss why Utah experienced a record-number of fatal police shootings, also called Officer-Involved Critical Incidents, in 2018. The panelists will include: Lex Scott from Black Lives Matter-Utah Chief Mike Brown, Salt Lake City Police Department Dave Newlin from Utah Against Police Brutality Josianne Petit from Mama and Papa Panther   The event is organized by the ACLU of Utah's Campaign for Smart Justice, the Libertas Institute, and the University of Utah's Students Against Mass Incarceration. The cycle of fatal police shooting, investigation, and public reaction repeated 19 times in Utah in 2018, the deadliest year for police shootings in the 15 years of records kept by the Salt Lake Tribune. For comparison, six Utahns were killed by law enforcement in 2017. For more information about these incidents and the overall trend, read "The Deadliest Year," the ACLU of Utah's investigative report on the surge in fatal police shootings in 2018. Officer-Involved Shootings in Utah: A Panel DiscussionWednesday, July 10, 20196-8pm (doors open at 5:45pm)University of Utah College of Social Work,Room SW 134RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2456459401307663/Map: https://map.utah.edu/?buildingnumber=26 Download this press release as a PDF…

Press Statement on Today’s Court Decision in 18-Week Ban Case

20 June 2019 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2019 PPAU Contact: Katrina Barker, Communications & Marketing Manager385-499-1928 (cell) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ACLU of Utah Contact:Jason Stevenson, Strategic Communications Manager617-290-8188 (cell)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Download a PDF of this press statement (PDF) Statement from Karrie Galloway, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah:“We are disappointed in the Court’s decision today to lengthen this process by granting the State’s request for documents and other information from our organization. However, the Court stressed that today’s decision did not reflect how it will ultimately rule in the case. We remain confident that this 18-week abortion ban is unconstitutional, and we will continue to fight to protect the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion.” Statement from Leah Farrell, Senior Staff Attorney of the ACLU of Utah: “The Court’s decision to allow a limited request by the State Defendants’ for documents on these unrelated topics adds nothing to the lawsuit but time. This case will ultimately be decided on relevant facts and legal precedent, and both make clear that this ban violates the rights of Utah women.” Frequently Asked Questions about the legal challenge to H.B. 136. Download a PDF of this press statement (PDF)   ### The ACLU of Utah Foundation, Inc. chartered in 1958…

ACLU of Utah Letter to Heber City About “Pride in the Wasatch Back” Banners

10 June 2019 Published in Newsroom
June 10, 2019 Dear Mayor Potter and Heber City Council: The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah (ACLU of Utah) would like to add our perspective to the public discussion about the “Pride in the Wasatch Back” banners displayed on city lampposts on Heber City’s Main Street.

Press Release: Federal Judge Enters Injunction Allowing Abortion After 18 Weeks to Continue in Utah

18 April 2019 Published in Newsroom
  SALT LAKE CITY – Today, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, Judge Clark Waddoups entered a preliminary injunction to stop enforcement of H.B. 136, a harmful law that bans abortion after 18 weeks.

PRESS RELEASE: ACLU of Utah Says Lawsuit Inevitable if 18-Week Abortion Ban Is Signed into Law

13 March 2019 Published in Newsroom
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Utah (ACLU of Utah) issued the following statement after the passage of HB136 (Abortion Amendments) by the Utah Legislature earlier tonight: Download a PDF of this press release (PDF) The ACLU of Utah believes that laws banning abortion prior to viability, like HB136, are in clear violation of a woman’s constitutionally protected right to an abortion. And the courts agree. The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held for over 40 years that states may not ban abortion prior to viability. The Court has also made clear that states are prohibited from drawing a line at a particular number of weeks to establish fetal viability.  When the Utah Legislature passed a law in the early 1990s to ban abortions after 20 weeks, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it was unconstitutional. This means legal challenges to HB136 have direct case law, on point, within our circuit, that pre-viability abortion restrictions are unconstitutional. If HB136 is signed into law, the ACLU of Utah, together with our partners in the state, will pursue a lawsuit in federal court to stop this violation of a woman’s constitutionally protected right to an abortion. Media Contacts (available tonight) Marina…

ACLU of Utah Statement on H.B. 153 “Utah Vital Statistics Act Amendments” (Rep. Nelson)

30 January 2019 Published in Newsroom
Downloadable version (PDF) January 23, 2019 ACLU of Utah Statement on H.B. 153 “Utah Vital Statistics Act Amendments” (Rep. Nelson) Note: H.B. 153 “Utah Vital Statistics Act Amendments” (Rep. M. Nelson) would limit an individual’s ability to change the sex listed on the person’s birth certificate. ACLU of Utah Statement “In addition to being completely out of step with science, medicine, and respect for basic human dignity, Rep. Nelson’s bill is unconstitutional.  Last year federal judges in Idaho and Puerto Rico ruled that restrictive laws preventing people from updating the listed sex on a birth certificate violate the Equal Protection clause of U.S. Constitution. This unconstitutional bill does not further any rational governmental interest and unnecessarily targetstransgender, non-binary and intersex individuals. Like the infamous “bathroom bill” in North Carolina, the passage of this vindictive bill would bring a dangerous national spotlight on our state, resulting in unnecessary economic losses, potential boycotts and inevitable lawsuits.”  Marina LoweACLU of Utah Legislative & Policy Counsel   # # #

Federal Judge Rules ACLU of Utah Lawsuit Over Daggett County Prisoner Abuse Can Continue Against State Defendant

14 January 2019 Published in Newsroom
Federal Judge Rules ACLU of Utah Lawsuit Over Daggett County Prisoner Abuse Can Continue Against State Defendant

Disability Law Center and ACLU Reach Settlement to Strengthen Legal Representation for Guardianship Hearings in Utah

18 December 2018 Published in Newsroom
In November 2018, the Disability Law Center and the ACLU reached a settlement with the State of Utah to strengthen legal protections for adults with disabilities involved in guardianship proceedings with their parents.   

ACLU of Utah Urges the Utah Legislature to Let the Independent Redistricting Commission Do Its Job

20 November 2018 Published in Newsroom
We now urge the leadership and members of the Utah Legislature to respect the will of 500,000 Utah voters and let the independent redistricting commission do its job. 

ACLU Survey Finds Some Counties in Utah Unprepared for Election Day Registration this November

11 October 2018 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2018  In the wake of significant changes to voter registration deadlines and voting options approved earlier this year by the Utah legislature, the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah (ACLU of Utah) today expressed concerns on whether all county clerks are ready to implement these modifications.  

ACLU of Utah opposes work requirements in Utah Medicaid waiver proposal

03 August 2018 Published in Newsroom
On Friday, August 4, 2018, the ACLU of Utah submitted a public statement in opposition to the work requirements requested in the "1115 Primary Care Network Demonstration Waiver."

Utah Pride Center and ACLU of Utah to Host Special Training to Safeguard Gender Diverse Youth in Utah Schools

03 July 2018 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2018 Salt Lake City | On July 12ththeACLU of Utah and Utah Pride Center will conduct a special training taught by trans advocates and trans youth about how to create safe learning environments for trans students at school.  This event will be held at the new Utah Pride Center office at 1380 Main Street in Salt Lake City from 5PM-8PM. The program is free, but participants can RSVP at Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/257610634988779/ The organizers are inviting all students, educators, parents, counselors, administrators, school board members, and community members to participate in this training in order to propel a cultural change in Utah schools. “Trans youth are everywhere in Utah—in our churches, in our communities, and in our schools,” said Ermiya Fanaeian, co-founder of March For Our Lives SLC and a co-leader of the training. “This workshop will give educational stakeholders insight into the personal experiences of trans students and a toolkit for how they can make their school environment more welcoming and supportive for all students.” Also leading the training will be Jimmy Lee, the Youth Programs Coordinator at the Utah Pride Center. The training will be followed by a panel discussion featuring perspectives from…

Historic June 2018 Primary Election in San Juan County, UT

22 June 2018 Published in Newsroom
On Tuesday June 26th voters in San Juan County, Utah will go to the polls to cast their votes in a historic primary election. This will be the first election using new district boundaries for the county commission and school board. These new districts were created after a lawsuit filed by the Navajo Nation successfully challenged the previous district boundaries.

ACLU of Utah and Disability Law Center File Lawsuit To Make Jail Standards Public

30 May 2018 Published in Newsroom
ACLU of Utah and Disability Law Center File Lawsuit  To Make Jail Standards Public

Press Release: ACLU of Utah’s Campaign for Smart Justice Receives Questionnaire Responses from Prosecutor Candidates

30 May 2018 Published in Newsroom
PRESS RELEASE: ACLU of Utah’s Campaign for Smart Justice Receives Questionnaire Responses from Prosecutor Candidates May 29, 2018 Salt Lake City | On May 30 the ACLU of Utah’s Campaign for Smart Justice is publishing candidate responses to its prosecutor questionnaire that was sent to every county prosecutor candidate in Utah. The questionnaire asked candidates’ positions on ending mass incarceration, addressing racial disparities, and accountability for prosecutorial misconduct.  “Elections for county prosecutors often don’t receive the attention they deserve,” explains Jason Groth, the Smart Justice Coordinator at the ACLU of Utah. “But a single prosecutor sets the tone and assigns the priorities for how criminal justice is pursued for thousands of Utahns.” Ten county prosecutor candidates from Beaver, Grand, Iron, Salt Lake, Uintah, Utah, and Wasatch counties responded to the questionnaire. Contested races provided responses from multiple candidates, including both Salt Lake County general election candidates Sim Gill and Nathan Evershed. All three Wasatch County challengers to incumbent County Attorney Scott Sweat responded ahead of their Republican Primary Debate on June 5, which will be hosted by the ACLU of Utah’s Campaign for Smart Justice and Alliance for a Better Utah’s Education Fund.  The results of the questionnaire will be published on…

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