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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 Files Lawsuit Demanding Information About Muslim Ban Implementation

17 April 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Customs & Border Patrol has a long history of ignoring its obligations under the federal Freedom of Information Act, a law that was enacted to ensure that Americans have timely access to information of pressing public concern.”

Statement on Salt Lake County Sheriff’s “Operational Recommendations for Rio Grande District”

03 April 2017 Published in Newsroom
Several aspects of the proposal are constitutionally suspect and could attract expensive litigation.

ACLU of Utah Files Objections to Decision in DEA Lawsuit over State Drug Database

27 March 2017 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah has filed objections to a federal magistrate judge’s recommendation to enforce a DEA subpoena seeking records from the Utah Controlled Substance Database.

ACLU of Utah to Law Enforcement Agencies: Be Wary of Involvement with ICE

23 March 2017 Published in Newsroom
“Local law enforcement cannot be forced to ignore their community priorities to participate in the federal government’s newly expanded mass deportation agenda.”

ACLU of Utah Statement on Proposed Salt Lake City Body Camera Policy

01 March 2017 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah has submitted extensive comments on Salt Lake City’s recently released “Draft Policy Regarding Release of Body Camera Footage.”

Report Shows Stark Racial Disparities in Utah’s Juvenile Justice System

10 February 2017 Published in Newsroom
The report will be publicly available on Monday, February 13, 2017.

ACLU of Utah Files FOIA on Execution of Trump’s Immigration and Refugee Ban

02 February 2017 Published in Newsroom
 The FOIA was filed as part of a coordinated campaign with 50 ACLU affiliates.

Statement On President Trump’s Executive Orders Related To Immigration And Refugees

26 January 2017 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah proudly stands with our immigrant and refugee communities to ensure their rights and freedoms under our laws and Constitution.

FINALLY: Body Camera Footage of Abdi Mohamed Shooting Released

23 January 2017 Published in Newsroom
“We consider this a victory for open government and transparency."

Victory! State Records Committee Says Shooting Footage Should Be Public

12 January 2017 Published in Newsroom
"The ACLU wants to pave the way for easier access to body camera footage for all community members in the future.”  

ACLU Appeals Decision to Keep Shooting Footage Secret

23 November 2016 Published in Newsroom
“Government accountability is not served by simply telling the public to trust that public officials have made good decisions.”

Appeals Board rejects ACLU request for release of Mohamed shooting footage

26 October 2016 Published in Newsroom
“This information should be made public; we will appeal this decision.”

2016 National Week of Action Against School Pushout is October 15 to October 23

14 October 2016 Published in Newsroom
2016 National Week of Action Against School Pushout is October 15 to October 23 October 14, 2016 – Racially Just Utah, in partnership with the ACLU of Utah, Salt Lake Peer Court and others, will be participating in the 2016 National Week of Action Against School Pushout, with multiple educational activities and arts-related activism. Through the National Week of Action, we seek to engage the community in conversation around the imbalance between ever-growing investment in juvenile justice and diminishing funding for public education. The National Week of Action Against School Pushout starts on Saturday, October 15, and runs through Sunday, October 23. This year’s theme for the National Week of Action Against School Pushout is: “Lift Us Up! Don’t Push Us Out.” The Week of Action is coordinated by Dignity in Schools, a nationwide organization committed to ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Our Salt Lake City-based National Week of Action coalition – including Racially Just Utah, Salt Lake Peer Court, the ACLU of Utah, the Disability Law Center, the Social Justice Student Initiative, Planned Parenthood of Utah, PPAU Teen Council and Spy Hop – is calling on the state, school districts and individual schools to: Shift funding from school-based policing to counselors…

ACLU of Utah Statement on "Operation Diversion"

04 October 2016 Published in Newsroom
“Operation Diversion” resembles other novel multi-agency approaches utilized in cities across the country, which have been previously praised by the ACLU of Utah as an improvement upon traditional drug enforcement operations.

ACLU of Utah Stands with Standing Rock Sioux

22 September 2016 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah has long been committed to supporting and defending the rights of indigenous people and communities.

ACLU of Utah Response to Recent Developments in Abdi Mohamed Shooting Investigation

10 August 2016 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah is disappointed that the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office continues to refuse to release body camera and surveillance video footage of the February 2016 shooting of then-17-year-old Abdi Mohamed.

ACLU Joins Lawsuit to Defend Confidential Medical Records from Warrantless Federal DEA Searches

27 July 2016 Published in Newsroom
ACLU joins lawsuit to protect Utahns' prescription drug records from the feds!

Attorney General Office Will Not “Investigate” Activist Groups Involved in Bears Ears Advocacy

14 July 2016 Published in Newsroom
The Utah A.G.’s office responded to an ACLU of Utah letter  expressing concerns about the possible First Amendment implications of an investigation into advocacy groups involved in the dispute over a Bears Ears national monument.

ACLU of Utah Announces New Executive Director, Brittney Nystrom

28 June 2016 Published in Newsroom
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The ACLU of Utah has selected Brittney Nystrom of Washington, D.C., as its new executive director, replacing Karen McCreary, who is ending her ten-year tenure this summer. “The opportunity to lead the ACLU of Utah as the organization that engages on critically important issues affecting Utahns is one that I find immensely exciting,” said Nystrom. “The caliber of the staff is superb and I’m honored to be joining their ranks.” Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, Nystrom has been the Director of Advocacy at the Washington, D.C.-based Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) since 2012. LIRS advocates on behalf of refugees, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention and other populations. She is a recognized expert on immigration and refugee issues, and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Previously, Nystrom was the Director of Policy and Legal Affairs at the National Immigration Forum, where her advocacy focused on due process concerns and overdue reforms to the immigration system. Earlier in her career, she represented detained individuals facing deportation and advocated for humane detention conditions as the Legal Director at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. She spent several…

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