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July 2020 

 Woman claims officer profiled her in DUI arrest because she is Black, lawsuit states
Deseret News 
(07/01/2020) 

59 inmates test positive for coronavirus in outbreak at Washington County jail
Deseret News 
(07/01/2020) 

Peaceful protests in Provo Wednesday night
KSL News Radio 
(07/01/2020) 

Family, friends of inmates gather at Washington County jail, site of COVD-19 outbreak
St. George Spectrum and Daily News
(07/04/2020) 

Telling It Like It Is
City Weekly
(07/08/2020)

Purgatory turns corner as positive COVID-19 test numbers drop following outbreak
St. George Spectrum
(07/09/2020) 

Protesters rally for more inmate releases during Weber jail's COVID-19 outbreak
Ogden Standard Examiner 
(07/10/2020) 

Speed of COVID-19 spread shown at Washington County jail where 92 inmates were infected
St. George Spectrum and Daily News
(07/10/2020)

 Protesters rally at Washington County Attorney's office over COVID-19 outbreak at jail
St. George Spectrum
(07/11/2020) 

Federal inmates sue Weber County over the coronavirus outbreak in the jail
Salt Lake Tribune 
(07/13/2020) 

Inmates sue Utah jail to allege inadequate virus response
AP
(07/14/2020) 

Utah Judicial Council creates new office to tackle racism and bias in court system
ABC4 
(07/15/2020) 

New hot spots, sick politicians, mask fights: News from around our 50 states
USA Today 
(07/15/2020) 

ACLU Utah condemns 'disproportionate and militarized' police response to recent protests
FOX13 
(07/18/2020) 

ACLU denounces 'demonstration of militarized' police force at Utah protests
KUTV
(07/18/2020) 

Protesters against police brutality call for greater community control
Deseret News 
(07/18/2020) 

Inside Sources: One traffic stop, two stories regarding the arrest of a Black woman in Utah
KSL
(07/22/2020) 

Supreme Court decision reignites the fight over Utah’s 18-week abortion law
Salt Lake Tribune 
(07/22/2020) 

ACLU says Utah police have used unnecessary force against protesters
Salt Lake Tribune 
(07/22/2020) 

ACLU, inmates at Weber Co. Jail continue to ask for early releases after COVID-19 outbreak
ABC 4
(07/23/2020) 

20 Men With Guns Confront Solo Armed Black Protester at Utah Capitol
Newsweek 
(07/23/2020) 

The birth of a militia: how an armed group polices Black Lives Matter protests
The Guardian 
(07/27/2020) 

June 2020 

 Panel addresses racism in Utah while protesters gather downtown for 11th rally in 12 days
Salt Lake Tribune 
(06/11/2020) 

18 Utah counties don’t provide prepaid postage on by-mail ballots. They can still vote, ACLU says.
Salt Lake Tribune 
(06/17/2020) 

Weber County Jail tests for more COVID-19 infections; inmates allege insufficient protections
Ogden Standard Examiner 
(06/24/2020) 

Salt Lake County DA will not prosecute curfew violations after May 30 protest
KSL 
(06/25/2020) 

Postage On Mail-In Ballots? ACLU Raises Issue For June Primary
KPCW 
(06/25/2020) 

Wednesday Night’s Protest Allowed Back On Streets
KUER
(06/25/2020) 

Black Woman Sues Murray City Over 2018 Arrest, Alleging Racial Bias
KUER 
(06/29/2020) 

Black Lives Matter Utah founder talks racism, police brutality and what needs to happen next
Deseret News
(06/29/2020) 

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law
AP 
(06/30/2020) 

Black woman sues Utah police officer for unlawful arrest
AP
(06/30/2020) 

Utah woman sues Murray City on claims of racial profiling, wrongful arrest
KUTV 
(06/30/2020) 

Weber County voting, purely via mail-in ballots, unfolds quietly, without hiccups
Ogden Standard Examiner
(06/30/2020) 

Utah woman sues Murray police alleging racial bias in traffic stop
Ogden Standard Examiner 
(06/30/2020) 

Five inmates at the Weber County jail have coronavirus
Salt Lake Tribune 
(06/30/2020) 

May 2020 

Experiment ends as only 1 of 13 arrivals in Utah bothered to fill out requested health forms
Salt Lake Tribune 
(05/02/2020)

Government contracts with Banjo could be on pause for months as state conducts audit
Salt Lake Tribune 
(05/04/2020)

Robert Gehrke: Utah should have hit pause on Banjo even before we learned of its CEO’s ties to white supremacists
Salt Lake Tribune 
(05/05/2020) 

Utah prosecutor weighs in on suit demanding release of inmates
KSL News Radio
(05/07/2020)

Banjo CEO steps down as fallout from revelations of past ties to KKK continues
Deseret news
(05/08/2020) 

Former Operation Rio Grande collaborators now face off in governor’s race
Salt Lake Tribune 
(05/10/2020) 

Crime victims challenge ACLU's Supreme Court petition requesting faster inmate releases amid pandemic
Ogden Standard Examiner
(05/10/2020) 

Weber, Box Elder jails dropped from accelerated inmate release petition by ACLU
Ogden Standard Examiner 
(05/14/2020) 

ACLU drops its coronavirus lawsuit against Utah’s county jails, but not the prison
Salt Lake Tribune 
(05/14/2020) 

Groups seeking release of Utah inmates amid pandemic drop case against county jails
Deseret News 
(05/15/2020) 

Putting personal privacy first: Libertas wants new government tech screened for invasive potential
Deseret News 
(05/15/2020) 

April 2020 

Can mail-in voting save the 2020 election?
Deseret News
(04/07/2020)

Utah officials react to demands that more prisoners be released due to coronavirus
Ogden Standard Examiner
(04/07/2020)

Uinta County Immigration Detention Center Plans Canceled
AP
(04/09/2020)

Victims of violent crimes in Utah file to motion to block release of prisoners because of COVID-19
The Washington Times 
(04/09/2020)

Second company abandons Evanston immigration jail project
Wyoming File
(04/09/2020)

Utah nixes cellphone alert five days after system began
Moab Sun 
(04/13/2020)

Utah June Primaries Could Be Conducted Almost Entirely Through Mail-In Ballots And Drive-Up Voting
KUER
(04/16/2020)

Salt Lake County jail won’t talk about its coronavirus outbreak
Salt Lake Tribune
(04/21/2020)

Robert Gehrke: The Salt Lake County jail is refusing to give the public access to coronavirus info we’re entitled to
Salt Lake Tribune
(04/22/2020)

Why Teenagers Seeking Abortion Care Are Texting ‘Abby’
Rewire News
(04/24/2020) 

Salt Lake County responds to ACLU-led lawsuit to release inmates
ABC4
(04/27/2020)

Salt Lake County Jail traces virus spread, boasts no current known cases
Deseret News 
(04/27/2020)

Utah jailers say they’re proud of their coronavirus response, reject lawsuit
Salt Lake Tribune 
(04/27/2020)

Utah jailers say they’re proud of their coronavirus response, reject lawsuit
Salt Lake Tribune 
(04/27/2020)

Utah A.G. halts $21 million Banjo contract as founder’s past ties with KKK unveiled
Deseret News 
(04/28/2020)

 

 

March 2020 

Utah proposal to add warning label to porn moves forward
AP
(03/01/2020) 

Utah ultrasound abortion bill greenlighted by House committee
Deseret News
(03/03/2020) 

Utah Senate votes to ban all elective abortions — if Supreme Court ever allows it
(03/02/2020) 

Utah ultrasound abortion bill greenlighted by House committee
Deseret News 
(03/03/2020) 

Weber County conducting 'pilot', elects for one polling location
FOX13
(03/03/2020) 

Weber County move to Election Day voting at Union Station surprises, miffs some
Standard Examiner
(03/03/2020) 

Pre-abortion ultrasound mandate progresses to Utah House
Salt Lake Tribune
(03/03/2020) 

Weber County has just one polling station. Is that enough?
KUTV 
(03/04/2020) 

Bills to widen public access to jail documents advance in Utah Legislature
Ogden Standard Examiner 
(03/05/2020) 

Utah company Banjo is building a massive surveillance system with the help of the state’s attorney general
Salt Lake Tribune
(03/08/2020) 

Utah abortion ban, ultrasound requirement bills approved by committees
Deseret News 
(03/09/2020) 

Anti-Abortion Bills Advance As Lawmaker Draws Criticism For ‘Magic Word’ Comments
KSL TV
(03/10/2020) 

The Utah State Legislature declines to fund Banjo, and now could look at regulating it
FOX 13 
(03/10/2020) 

Utah Takes Cues From Courts On Anti-Abortion Bills
KUER
(03/10/2020) 

Exclusive: Utah tech CEO tells 2News he welcomes an audit after privacy criticism
KUTV
(03/10/2020)

Provo representative’s prosecutor, county jail data bill advances through Senate committee
Provo Daily Herald
(03/10/2020) 

Utah spent $250K on a surveillance company instead of a lifesaving overdose drug
Salt Lake Tribune
(03/10/2020)

Bill aims to ‘create civility’ in public meetings by increasing penalties for disruptive behavior
St. George News
(03/10/2020)

Coronavirus and crime: Jail counts fall as police give non-violent offenders citations, not handcuffs
Ogden Standard Examiner
(03/30/2020)

February 2020 

Highland lawmaker introduces bill to require warning labels on pornographic material
Daily Herald 
(02/04/2020) 

Utah bill requires warning label for pornographic material
KUTV
(02/04/2020) 

Utah anti-pornography bill would require labels warning of ‘low self-esteem,’ ‘addictive sexual behavior’
Salt Lake Tribine
(02/04/2020) 

Lawmaker wants warning labels on pornography
Utah Policy
(02/04/2020) 

A Proposed Utah Law Would Require Porn to Have Warning Labels About Its Dangers
Relevant
(02/05/2020) 

Utah Lawmaker Proposes Bill Requiring Pornography to Have a Warning Label
ChristianHeadlines.com
(02/06/2020) 

Salt Lake City’s Homeless Relocation Plan Backfires
Invisible People
(02/10/2020) 

Bigamy is a felony in Utah. A new bill would change it to an infraction
CNN 
(02/11/2020) 

Polygamy bill passes Utah Senate committee
FOX 13 
(02/10/2020) 

Porn warning label bill passes out of Utah House committee
FOX 13 
(02/11/2020) 

Bill sponsored by Provo lawmaker would require prosecutors to track data on race, gender
Daily Herald
(02/10/2020) 

Utah porn warning label proposal gains despite some mocking
AP
(02/12/2020) 

Committee approves bill requiring warning on pornography
Deseret News/KSL
(02/11/2020) 

More Tweaks To Utah’s Medical Cannabis Law Aim To Clear Criminal Records
KUER
(02/12/2020)

Polls shows Utahns aren’t concerned about facial recognition software. Lawmakers and privacy advocates say they should be.
Salt Lake Tribune
(02/13/2020) 

Pornography warning label bill clears House committee
Salt Lake Tribune
(02/11/2020) 

Utahns, lawmaker disagree on police use of DNA databases
Salt Lake Tribune
(02/17/2020) 

Bill to protect children from parental drug, alcohol abuse moves to the Senate
KUTV
(02/18/2020) 

Porn warning label bill passes the Utah House
FOX 13 
(02/18/2020) 

Utah bill would impose a pre-abortion ultrasound requirement
SLTrib
(02/20/2020) 

A ban on elective abortions has been introduced in the Utah State Legislature
FOX 13
(02/21/2020) 

Utah lawmakers eyeing more restrictions on abortion
Deseret News
(02/23/2020) 

Utah’s bill on fetal remains highlights abortion battle lines
Salt Lake Tribune 
(02/23/2020) 

Poll suggests most Utahns oppose additional abortion restrictions
ABC4 
(02/24/2020)

Poll: Utahns say state doesn't need more restrictions on abortion
KSL
(02/24/2020) 

A bill to ban elective abortions in Utah won't take effect unless Roe v. Wade is overturned
FOX 13 
(02/24/2020) 

Polygamy bill clears a Utah House committee
FOX13
(02/24/2020)

Utah Abortion Ban Bill Doesn't Represent Will Of The People, Planned Parenthood Says
KUER (NPR) 
(02/24/2020) 

Lehi could be Utah's next sanctuary city for the unborn
KUTV 
(02/24/2020) 

Poll: Most Utahns would oppose tighter abortion restrictions
Salt Lake Tribune
(02/24/2020) 

Utah woman takes plea deal in case of stepchildren seeing her topless
Deseret News
(02/25/2020) 

Utah woman pleads guilty to lewdness for being topless in her own home
SL Trib
(02/25/2020) 

Utah could charge for mandated pre-abortion ultrasounds under new bill language
SL Trib
(02/25/2020) 

Utah woman accused of being topless with stepkids takes plea deal
AP
(02/26/2020) 

Black Lives Matter Chapter Opens In Southern Utah
KUER
(02/26/2020) 

Pornography labeling bill sponsored by Highland representative passes through Utah Senate committee
Herald Extra 
(02/26/2020) 

Utah abortion ban proposal gets early nod from lawmakers
AP
(02/27/2020) 

Robert Gehrke: Making laws to make political points is nothing new, but here are a few glaring examples
SL Trib 
(02/27/2020) 

Utah abortion ultrasound bill fuels heated debate in House committee
Deseret News
(02/28/2020) 

Bill to regulate facial recognition technology in Utah is unveiled in the legislature
FOX 13
(02/29/2020) 

January 2020 

Homeless Hearts
City Weekly
(01/02/2020)

Police could be banned from accessing home DNA test data under a bill in the Utah legislature
Fox 13
(01/02/2020)

Utah DPS facing scrutiny over face recognition
Planet Biometrics
(01/03/2020) 

Catholic Community Services, Pulse for Good aim to improve experience for homeless clients
Salt Lake Tribune
(01/03/2020) 

Big data, high-tech tools enhancing law enforcers’ jobs
Deseret News
(01/06/2020) 

Give Them Shelter
City Weekly
(01/09/2020) 

Davis sheriff's office cites 100% compliance in latest annual jail inspection
Standard-Examiner
(01/08/2020) 

Court rejects Allred's request to disqualify judge in gang injunction case
Standard-Examiner
(01/09/2020) 

Weber County loses bid to remove a judge for calling an attorney a ‘liar’
Salt Lake Tribune
(01/09/2020) 

Summit County aims to highlight the census at Monday town hall
Park Record
(01/13/2020) 

Reese: Homeless Utahns Are Being Ignored
Daily Chronicle 
(01/12/2020) 

Polémica por placa de auto con mensaje antiinmigrante
Telemundo Utah 
(01/13/2020) 

Tampon tax discussion must include every person who menstruates.
City Weekly
(01/15/2020) 

The Justice Files: Legislation would restrict DNA usage
ABC 4 
(01/17/2020) 

LGBT activists say new bills, including ones in Utah, target transgender youth
Salt Lake Tribune/AP
(01/19/2020) 

Proposed Bill Would Block Law Enforcement From Accessing Your DNA Test Kit Info
KUER
(01/20/2020) 

Why did Utah officials approve a ‘FUHRER’ license plate? They won’t say.
SLTrib 
(01/20/2020) 

Judge deals blow to woman charged for being topless at home
ABC 4 
(01/21/2020) 

Judge won’t toss charges for woman who was topless in front of stepchildren
Deseret News
(01/21/2020) 

Judge upholds Utah’s lewdness statute in case involving topless woman inside her own home
FOX13
(01/21/2020) 

Judge rejects challenge from Utah woman charged for being topless in her own home
SLTrib 
(01/21/2020) 

Utah Judge Upholds Lewdness Law in Case of Woman Charged with Being Topless at Home
Newsweek
(01/21/2020) 

Judge deals blow to Utah woman charged for being topless at home in front of stepchildren
AP
(01/22/2020) 

Mayors Erin Mendenhall and Jenny Wilson ask Utah courts to let ‘Dreamers’ practice law
FOX13
(01/22/2020) 

Utah court rules against Salt Lake City woman charged with lewdness after stepchildren saw her topless
New York Daily News 
(01/22/2020) 

Utah woman charged after going topless in front of stepkids inside own home faces setback in court
FOX News
(01/22/2020) 

Utah Judge Rules Against Woman Who Was Topless in Her Own Garage
New York Times
(01/22/2020) 

Previewing the 2020 Utah Legislative Session
KCPW
(01/23/2020) 

Utah Judge Rules Against Topless Stepmom's Equal Protection Challenge
Reason.com
(01/23/2020) 

Stepmom in Utah Could Still Go to Jail for Hanging Drywall Topless in Her Own Home
VICE 
(01/22/2020) 

Orem lawmaker drafting bill to ban hormone therapy, surgery for transgender minors
Daily Herald
(01/25/2020) 

Undocumented ‘Dreamers’ can now become attorneys in Utah
Salt Lake Tribune 
(01/30/2020) 

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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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