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July 2021 

'A philosophical change': How Davis County is working to prevent inmate suicides
KSL
07/6/2021

June 2021

‘Deceased’: Suspect in Murray police shootout becomes 5th officer-involved fatality in Utah this year
ABC4
06/23/2021

Banning critical race theory harms minority students, panel of educators says
KSL
06/18/2021

USU data law expert named to state privacy commission
Cache Valley Daily
06/20/2021

Discussions On Transgender Girls In School Sports Continues In The Legislature
KPCW 
06/17/2021

Protesters Accused Of Painting Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office Red Plead Guilty To Lesser Charges
KUER
06/16/2021

Bills on transgender youth will return to Utah legislature
FOX 13
06/16/2021

RADIOACTIVE SUMMER BREAK: JUNE 15, 2021
KRCL
06/15/2021

San Juan County heads toward potential electoral redistricting: Decades of legal trouble complicate process
Moab Sun News 
06/03/2021

 

May 2021

Utah transgender athlete bill coming back, but sponsor plans to do things differently
KUTV
05/24/2021

ACLU raps health department for lack of COVID-19 inmate vaccinations at Weber County Jail
Ogden Standard Examiner 
05/20/2021

The Utah AG’s Office Found Police Were Justified In Their Response To A Cottonwood Heights Protest
KUER
05/12/2021

April 2021

As Utah Corrections Department Reaches Vaccine Milestone, ACLU Pushes For More Access In Local Jails
KUER
04/29/2021 

ACLU of Utah calls for universal vaccine access for incarcerated people
Salt Lake Tribune
04/28/2021

Soter: It’s Time for a New Salt Lake Homeless Shelter
Daily Utah Chronicle
04/20/2021

'Love Your Rights' campaign to teach what to do if you're stopped by police
KUTV
04/20/2021

Utah's mobile driver license eventually could make laminated ID cards an optional relic
Ogden Standard Examiner 
04/13/2021

Governor hopes new homelessness chief can keep Legislature 'involved' in solving problem
Deseret News 
04/13/2021

Salt Lake City police are giving officers shotguns that shoot beanbags
Salt Lake Tribune 
04/12/2021

Trial set in civil suit over Davis County inmate's death from internal bleeding after fall
Ogden Standard Examiner
04/10/2021

Years after a spate of questionable Utah in-custody deaths, Utah jail operating standards are now public records
Salt Lake Tribune 
04/02/2021

March 2021

Judge orders release of Utah jail standards, ruling copyright is not a blanket protection
Ogden Standard Examiner
03/26/2021

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox vetoes controversial social media legislation
Salt Lake Tribune
03/23/2021

Cox vetoes effort to address perceived social media censorship — and it’s a family matter now
Deseret News
03/23/2021

Letter: Two acts set for U.S. Senate vote could initiate bold and inclusive immigration reform
Salt Lake Tribune 
03/23/2021

Utah governor signs divisive measure to require porn filters
AP
03/23/2021

Utah’s Anti-Porn Crusade Marches On With Tech Filtering Law
Courthouse News
03/23/2021

Utah is about to pass a law making iPhones filter porn — but only if other states pass one, too
The Verge
03/21/2021

Cushman: Don’t Be Lenient on Biden
Daily Utah Chronicle
03/21/2021

Utah should not expand the government’s role in censoring free speech
Deseret News
03/19/2021

UTAH’S HARD-WON BAIL REFORMS ARE IN JEOPARDY
The Appeal 
03/19/2021

Courtesy U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Immigration and Customs Enforcement
KSL
03/18/2021

Capitol Capers
City Weekly
03/18/2021

Exclusive: How the Utah Jazz got involved in the debate over the transgender sports bill
Salt Lake Tribune
03/16/2021

Porn would automatically be blocked on phones under Utah law
NY Post/AP 
03/16/2021

Utah campaign against porn marches on with phone filter bill awaiting governor's signature
KSL/AP
03/16/2021

US House to examine bill setting new standards for biometric, digital privacy rights
BiometricUpdate.com
03/15/2021

Utah bill enhances consequences for people who fail to report abuse
KUTV 
03/11/2021

Tech winners in Utah’s 2021 legislative session: Cellphone porn filters, new rules for social media platforms and personal privacy protections
Deseret News
03/07/2021

Election integrity law survives Legislature’s last days
Cache Valley Daily
03/07/2021

Government’s use of facial recognition software regulated under bill headed to governor
Salt Lake Tribune 
03/04/2021

Utah Legislature Passes Bill to Require Cell Phone Manufacturers to Install Pornography Filters
Law and Crime
03/05/2021

What Passed And What Failed — A Recap Of The 2021 Legislative Session
KUER
03/05/2021

KUER Week 7: Pass Bills, Not Germs
KUER 
03/05/2021

Utah within shooting distance of social media content moderation law
03/04/2021

Bill to ban transgender athletes in women’s sports stalls in Utah legislature
BYU Daily Universe 
03/03/2021


February 2021

Utah lawmakers mostly behind a passel of personal privacy bills, but time's running short
Deseret News
02/28/2021

Black kids in Utah are arrested at 8 times their share of the population. This bill suggests a way to possibly change that
Salt Lake Tribune 
02/26/2021

Utah lawmakers taking aim at social media censorship in proposed legislation
Salt Lake Tribune
02/26/2021

Mantua Police deploy license-plate reading cameras to the entrances of town
KUTV
02/26/2021

Bill targets how police use info showing where you’ve been and what internet searches you make
Deseret News
02/25/2021

Utah could scrap its English-only law
Salt Lake Tribune 
02/25/2021

Advocate says transgender athlete bill not about 'equality,' 'fairness'
KUTV 
2/23/2021

Senate committee approves bill requiring de-escalation training for police in wake of 2020 protests
St George Utah
02/23/2021

Utah Legislative Committee Passes Bill With Harsh Penalties For Rioters
KUER
02/18/2021

Utah legislative committee approves harsh rioting penalties
AP
02/18/2021

Leaders of armed groups advocate for Utah bill increasing punishment for rioters
Salt Lake Tribune 
02/17/2021

Two bills born from last summer's protests get approval by senate committee
FOX13
02/17/2021

‘Enough’s enough’: Utah lawmakers move to toughen penalties on ‘rioters
Deseret News 
02/17/2021

Utah legislative committee holds watered-down bill addressing controversial no-knock warrants
Salt Lake Tribune
02/17/2021

Package thieves could face a minimum $3,000 fine, 10-day jail sentence under new Utah bill
Salt Lake Tribune
02/16/2021

Utah advances bill that would require mandatory ‘porn filter’ on smartphones and tablets
Fortune
02/16/2021

'We're out here because of trauma': Being homeless in Utah in winter during COVID-19
KSL
02/14/2021

Will this Utah proposal quash lawsuits from victims of data breaches?
Deseret News
02/14/2021

Lawmakers pursue limiting public access to mug shots
AP
02/14/2021

Utah Bill Seeking To Reign In No-knock Warrants Stalls In Legislative Committee
KUER 
02/12/2021

Effort to restrict police use of ‘no-knock’ warrants in Utah stalls in House committee
Deseret News 
02/12/2021

Bill that would prohibit protesting outside private homes advances
Fox 13
02/09/2021

Ballot tracking proposal advancing with bipartisan support in state legislature
Cache Valley Daily
02/07/2021

KRCL RADIOACTIVE: February 4, 2021
KRCL
02/04/2021

Utah lawmakers discuss police reform bills
FOX13
02/04/2021

7 bills spurred by slain Utah student Lauren McCluskey target officer misconduct
Salt Lake Tribune 
02/03/2021

Utah bill discriminates against transgender girls, LGBTQ advocates say
KUTV 
02/03/2021

Banjo debacle begets new efforts to bolster Utahns’ personal privacy
Deseret News 
02/03/2021

Protesting outside an official’s home targeted by Utah lawmaker
Deseret News
02/02/2021

Utah Bill Looks to Tighten Grip on Facial Recognition Use
GOVTECH
02/02/2021

Case of slain Utah athlete Lauren McCluskey prompts new revenge porn bill
Deseret News 
02/01/2021

2 police reform bills advance to House vote, 1 fails
KUTV 
02/01/2021

January 2021

Utah lawmaker takes aim at rioters with bill critics say goes too far
KUTV 
01/28/2021

Lawmaker wants women to prove they watched video of developing fetus before abortion
Deseret News
01/27/2021

Utah bill called solid 'first step' toward facial recognition policy
Statescoop
01/25/2021

Utah Senate panel advances bill to regulate government use of facial recognition technology
Salt Lake Tribune
01/23/2021

Senate committee recommends bill to ‘raise the bar’ on use of gang enhancement penalties
Salt Lake Tribune 
01/21/2021

In first for Utah Utah, a police chief is tapped to lead state office on criminal justice
Deseret News
01/17/2021

After a summer of protests, Utah lawmakers will consider dozens of police reform bills this session
Salt Lake Tribune
01/13/2021

RADIOACTIVE: JANUARY 11, 2021
KRCL 
01/11/2021

Inmate with COVID-19 sues Department of Corrections for shuffling prisoners amid outbreaks
KSL 
01/10/2021

County witnesses predict release of jail standards would harm private sheriff's contractor
Ogden Standard Examiner 
01/08/2021

Trial begins over Davis County's withholding of copyrighted jail standards
Ogden Standard Examiner 
01/06/2021

Potential death sentence:' Utah inmate claims 'gross negligence' over COVID transfers
KUTV
01/05/2021

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ACLU of Utah Sues Daggett County Jailers and State Corrections Officials Over Pattern of Abuse

15 May 2018 Published in Newsroom
The lawsuit on behalf of Dustin Porter and Steven Drollette (“Plaintiffs”) seeks damages and injunctive relief for a pattern of severe cruelty against them while they were incarcerated at the Daggett County Jail. In their complaints, the Plaintiffs describe being shocked with a Taser for guards’ entertainment, being attacked by police dogs, being physically assaulted, being threatened with a gun, and being denied medical and mental health care, among other instances of abuse.

ACLU of Utah Statement on the Release of the Body Camera Footage of the April 18th Police-Involved Shooting of Delorean Pikyavit

04 May 2018 Published in Newsroom
On April 30 the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) released the body-camera footage of the April 18 police-involved shooting of Delorean Pikyavit in Sugar House.

The ACLU of Utah Uncovers Details of Airport Chaos

24 April 2018 Published in Newsroom
PRESS RELEASE The ACLU of Utah Uncovers Details of Airport Chaos Created by the Trump Administration’s “Muslim” Ban as the U.S. Supreme Court Considers the Policy’s Future FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2018 Salt Lake City | On Wednesday morning the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Trump v. Hawaii, the ACLU’s legal challenge to the Trump administration’s third and latest travel ban focused primarily on majority-Muslim countries. A decision from the Court is expected in late June. The Trump administration’s initial Muslim Ban was issued on January 27, 2017, causing thousands of travelers to be detained, interrogated, and sent back to their point of origin. The ban led to protests at airports across the country, including hundreds gathered at Salt Lake City International Airport. A day after the travel ban took effect the ACLU secured a temporary injunction to halt it. While the Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in Washington, D.C., the ACLU of Utah continues to discover how the Muslim Ban was implemented at Salt Lake International Airport and other airports during the hours before and after the ACLU’s injunction shut it down. Over a year ago, on April 18, 2017, the ACLU of Utah,…

ACLU of Utah Statement on Retirement of Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Rollin Cook

18 April 2018 Published in Newsroom
ACLU of Utah Statement on Pending Retirement of Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Rollin Cook FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (PDF) April 18, 2018 Salt Lake City | The ACLU of Utah would like to make the following statement about the May 15 scheduled retirement of Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Rollin Cook. “The ACLU of Utah values the strong working relationship we’ve enjoyed with Rollin Cook,” said Brittney Nystrom, ACLU of Utah Executive Director. “He was always responsive to our concerns about the health, safety, and housing of inmates, as well as favoring increased transparency of prison policies and conditions. We hope to continue these same shared goals with his successor.” “Rollin kept an open mind to our input and he was open to making changes when he agreed with us,” said Leah Farrell, ACLU of Utah Staff Attorney. “Early on during his tenure, we brought several concerns about prison visitation policies to him, and the Department took quick action to address those concerns.”  # # # For more information about the ACLU of Utah or to be added to our media contact list, contact Jason Stevenson, Strategic Communications Manager, at (617) 290-8188 (cell), or email, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ACLU of Utah’s Campaign for Smart Justice to Release County Questionnaire for Prosecutor Candidates

10 April 2018 Published in Newsroom
On April 10th the ACLU of Utah is submitting questionnaires to every county prosecutor candidate in Utah so voters can be informed on the candidates’ positions on ending mass incarceration, addressing racial disparities, and accountability for prosecutorial misconduct.

ACLU of Utah Response to Recent Dismissal of Remick v. Utah Lawsuit Against the State’s Indigent Defense System

27 March 2018 Published in Newsroom
ACLU of Utah Response to Recent Dismissal of Remick v. Utah Lawsuit Against the State’s Indigent Defense System FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2018 On Friday March 23, 2018 the federal district court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Utah and the law firm of Holland & Hart in June 2016. This class action lawsuit alleges that the state fails to provide adequate legal defense for indigent clients as required by the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU of Utah is disappointed by the court’s decision, given that the same systemic problems in indigent defense described in the lawsuit continue to play themselves out every day for low-income people charged with crimes in Utah.  The court’s decision focused on whether the allegations of the complaint met federal pleading standards. The ruling, however, was by no means a vindication of Utah’s indigent defense system and described Utah's indigent defense system as a "cause for concern." The ACLU of Utah, together with co-counsel Holland & Hart, will continue efforts to ensure that everyone in Utah—no matter their income level—has access to effective legal counsel. The lawsuit was filed in 2016, coinciding with the ACLU of Utah’s “Yes on…

ACLU of Utah Organizes Online Students' Rights Training Workshop on March 12

08 March 2018 Published in Newsroom
March 8, 2017 Ahead of next Wednesday’s planned walk-outs at high schools across Utah and the nation, the ACLU of Utah is organizing a special training workshop for students and their allies on Monday, March 12, at 4pm MT. This will be a Utah-specific discussion of students' rights led by ACLU of Utah staff attorney Leah Farrell, along with more than dozen student leaders from local high schools. The workshop will be broadcast on Facebook Live starting at 4pm MT.    "Many students incorrectly assume that they 'shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,'” said Brittney Nystrom, Executive Director of the ACLU of Utah. “But the reality is that students have broad latitude to exercise their First Amendment rights in school and in the public square, and our organization is glad to spread knowledge of civil liberties and encourage civic engagement." This will be a Utah-specific discussion of students' rights led by ACLU of Utah staff attorney Leah Farrell, along with more than dozen student leaders from local high schools. "Many students incorrectly assume that they 'shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,'” said Brittney Nystrom, Executive Director of the ACLU of Utah. “But the reality is that students have broad latitude to exercise their First…

Settlement with Ogden City over Prior Gang Injunction

28 February 2018 Published in Newsroom
PRESS RELEASE: Settlement with Ogden City over Prior Gang Injunction February 28, 2018 Plaintiffs Leland McCubbin and Daniel Lucero, through their attorneys, John Mejia and Leah Farrell of the ACLU of Utah, and Randy Richards of Richards & Brown, and Ogden City, through their attorneys, Heather White and Scott Young of Snow, Christensen & Martineau, announce that Plaintiffs and Ogden City have reached a compromised settlement of claims raised by Plaintiffs against Ogden City in this case.   As part of that settlement, Plaintiffs and Ogden City have agreed to terms that mutually resolve disputes about the application of the prior gang injunction in a manner favorable to both Plaintiffs and Ogden City.  This settlement resolves all issues between Plaintiffs and Ogden City in the matter, including all appeals.  The case remains pending against the Weber County defendants. Media Contacts: Jason StevensonACLU of UtahStrategic Communications This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (cell) 617-290-8188(office) 801-871-0334 Heather S. White Snow, Christensen, & MartineauLawyer(office) 801-322-9125

ACLU of Utah Files Lawsuit Over Illegal Search and Unlawful Detention by Federal Agents

27 February 2018 Published in Newsroom
On Tuesday, February 27, 2018,  the ACLU of Utah Foundation, Inc.  announced a new lawsuit filed against United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S Marshals over two SWAT-style, home raids on a Utah family living in Heber City in April 2017. The ACLU of Utah is being joined in this lawsuit by the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, and Covington & Burling, LLP.

Settlement Announced in Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission v. San Juan County

21 February 2018 Published in Newsroom
The parties to the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission v. San Juan County have reached a positive settlement agreement regarding plaintiffs’ claims that San Juan County did not provide effective language assistance to Navajo-speaking voters and that Navajo voters had unequal voting opportunities in the County.

ACLU of Utah Statement on New Immigration Detention Facilities

27 October 2017 Published in Newsroom
U.S. Government issues RFI for new immigration detention facilities; advocates respond with information about escalating due process and civil rights violations.

Lack of Transparency Compounds Tragedy of Shooting Death of Patrick Harmon

10 October 2017 Published in Newsroom
“The shooting death of Patrick Harmon is a terrible tragedy, not just for his loved ones but for our entire community, and our elected officials must respond.” 

Voting Rights Lawsuit Over Navajo Voting Rights in San Juan County to Advance to Trial

12 September 2017 Published in Newsroom
View a PDF of this release  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2017 SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Jill Parrish issued a decision in Navajo Nation Human Rights Council v. San Juan County, et al, allowing the lawsuit to proceed to a trial on the merits of the plaintiffs’ claims that San Juan County is not providing effective language assistance to Navajo-speaking voters and is providing unequal voting opportunities to Navajo voters.  The plaintiffs, the Navajo Nation Human Rights Council and several individual members of the Navajo Nation, are represented by counsel from DLA Piper, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, ACLU of Utah, and the ACLU Voting Rights Project. In the lawsuit, plaintiffs challenged San Juan County’s decision to switch to a mail-only voting system and offer in-person early voting only in the majority white part of the County.  After plaintiffs sued in early 2016, the County announced it would reopen a limited number of polling places for election day voting and in future elections.  Plaintiffs continue to assert that the County is violating the federal Voting Rights Act and the United States Constitution.Judge Parrish also granted the plaintiffs’ motion to dismiss all of the counterclaims brought by the County and Commissioner Rebecca Benally, vindicating the plaintiffs’ assertion that the counterclaims were a distraction and immaterial to the issues at the…

ACLU of Utah Statement on DACA Program Termination

05 September 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Thousands of these youth have used their DACA status to give back to our country in innumerable ways: they are our doctors, soldiers, and students. These are our neighbors, family, and friends.”

ACLU of Utah Statement on Operation Rio Grande

16 August 2017 Published in Newsroom
  UPDATE: Check out the ACLU of Utah's October 2018 report, "Calculating the Real Cost of Operation Rio Grande"-- to learn why we believe Operation Rio Grande was a "hurried and heavy-handed response" that prioritized arrests and detentions over treatment and housing, and has left thousands of city residents much worse off than they were before.   Download the report (PDF) Watch the October 18, 2018 Panel Discussion (YouTube)   "In its current phase, Operation Rio Grande appears to rely on simply more of the same ineffective attempts to control the complex social issues of poverty, substance use disorder and mental illness through the same traditional mechanisms of our broken criminal justice system."

As Youth Head Back to School, New Laws for Youth Justice System

16 August 2017 Published in Newsroom
 “We want to be sure that Utah’s youth, and the adults in their lives, are aware that there are new rules about how youth are to be treated when they come into contact with the juvenile justice system.”

Don't Block Constituents on Social Media, ACLU of Utah Warns Federal Delegation

08 August 2017 Published in Newsroom
"Because your social media pages are a public forum, your blocking of these individuals is an unconstitutional restriction on their right to free speech under the First Amendment.”

ACLU of Utah Files Lawsuit Over Legal Representation for People with Disabilities

27 June 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Guardianship, like prison, takes away an individual’s freedoms."

Traveling to Texas May Result in Violations of Constitutional Rights

09 May 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Everyone has constitutional rights in this country. The state of Texas, and every law enforcement officer in that state, must respect those rights."

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