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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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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against State of Utah Over Indigent Defense

21 June 2016 Published in Newsroom
Today the ACLU of Utah and co-counsel Holland & Hart, LLP, filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Utah for failing to meet its Sixth Amendment obligations under the U.S. Constitution.

ACLU submits GRAMA request for release of video footage of Abdi Mohamed shooting by SLCPD

12 May 2016 Published in Newsroom
Abdi Mohamed, an 18-year-old community member, was shot multiple times by an SLCPD officer on February 27, 2016, in the downtown Rio Grande neighborhood.

Utah Navajo Plaintiffs Ask Court to Dismiss Baseless Counterclaim in Voting Rights Case

10 May 2016 Published in Newsroom
Download a PDF of this release >> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2016 SAN JUAN COUNTY, UTAH – Today the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and seven members of the Navajo Nation – plaintiffs in an ongoing lawsuit over voting rights and voter access in San Juan County – filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of Utah to dismiss a recent counterclaim by San Juan County and its officials. “The counterclaim is an unfortunate distraction from a serious lawsuit about the voting rights of a historically marginalized community in rural Utah,” said Leah Farrell, Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Utah and co-counsel on the original lawsuit, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission v. San Juan County et al. “This lawsuit is about – and only about – how San Juan County’s election processes disenfranchise Navajo voters. Fifty years ago, when the Voting Rights Act was first proposed, brave Americans gave their lives for the right to vote. These plaintiffs are helping to ensure that this fundamental right does not unravel.” The original lawsuit was filed in late February. It arose from the county’s decision in 2014 to close all polling places and switch to a mail-only voting system. The…

ACLU, Salt Lake Police and Salt Lake School District Settle Suit over “Gang Operation” at West High School

16 March 2016 Published in Newsroom
The SLC Police Department and the SLC School District have agreed to make broad and meaningful changes in how they treat students of color and engage in school disciplinary issues.

Responses from Coalition Member Organizations to Failed Repeal of Death Penalty in Utah

11 March 2016 Published in Newsroom
The Utah Justice Coalition has been working together for several years to pursue the abolishment of the death penalty.

ACLU of Utah Reactions: No Death Penalty Repeal this year

11 March 2016 Published in Newsroom
“We are very proud of the progress we made – and this effort is far from over!”

ACLU of Utah Statement on SLCPD’s Shooting of Abdi Muhamed

29 February 2016 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah joins Salt Lake City community members in calling for a full investigation of the recent shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Muhamed by Salt Lake City police officers.

Lawsuit Challenging San Juan County’s Mail-Only Electoral System Filed

25 February 2016 Published in Newsroom
The County’s decision to switch to a mail-only voting system, and designating only one distant location for in-person voting, adversely impacts Navajo voters.

ACLU of Utah Responds to Audit of Parole Board, “We Have Been Receiving Complaints for Years”

01 February 2016 Published in Newsroom
Today the Office of the Legislative Auditor General released a troubling audit of the Board of Pardons and Parole confirming the complaints of many inmates and family members.

ACLU of Utah Executive Director to Retire in 2016

09 January 2016 Published in Newsroom
Karen McCreary has dramatically grown and strengthened the high- profile organization over her nearly decade-long tenure.

Case Against West Valley Over “Gang Sweep” at West High School Ends

07 December 2015 Published in Newsroom
The federal court today entered a judgment against West Valley City and its police chief in a case brought by three former West High School students over a 2010 school-based “gang sweep” that prompted a class action lawsuit by the ACLU of Utah and the ACLU Racial Justice Program.

ACLU of Utah’s Statement on Judge’s Order

12 November 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah is closely monitoring the developing legal situation concerning a judge’s order that removes a 1-year-old child from the stable home where she has been living in the care of a married same-sex couple.

ACLU of Utah Responds Report Documenting Utah’s Unconstitutional Public Defense System

26 October 2015 Published in Newsroom
The Utah Judicial Council Study Committee released a report highlighting widespread deficiencies in Utah’s system to provide legal counsel for people who can’t afford a private attorney.

Suit Filed Challenging Farmington's "Free Speech" Ordinance

08 September 2015 Published in Newsroom
The suit alleges that on its face, the ordinance violates the Utah and U.S. Constitutions because it requires a permit for almost any conceivable form of public expression and imposes criminal penalties for failing to comply.

ACLU of Utah Launches YES ON SIX Campaign, “Legislative and Policy Solutions Need to Happen NOW”

28 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
Yesterday the ACLU of Utah launched “YES ON SIX,” an education and advocacy campaign to push for significant improvements to Utah’s failing county-by-country public defense system.

ACLU of Utah Calls for Action on Utah’s Failing Indigent Defense System

26 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah will launch its “YES ON SIX” campaign this Thursday, Aug. 27 at 10:00 a.m.  In 2011, the ACLU documented the inadequacies of Utah’s indigent system in a report called “Failing Gideon."

US Dept of Education to Investigate SLC School District for Discrimination Against Minority Students

19 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Civil Rights will investigate multiple allegations of racial discrimination against students of color in the Salt Lake City School District.

People Not Prisons: With Site Decided, It’s Now Time to Design Utah’s New Prison the Right Way

12 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
The coalition People Not Prisons has a message for the Prison Relocation Commission and the public: “The site has been selected, now it is time to focus on doing this right.”

Hunger Strikers at Utah State Prison Have ACLU of Utah's Support

02 August 2015 Published in Newsroom
Prisoners at Utah State Prison in Draper have launched a hunger strike against restrictive housing conditions that keep them in their cells for 47 out of 48 hours.

Utah Federal Court Rules Same-Sex Mothers’ Parentage Rights Must Be Recognized

15 July 2015 Published in Newsroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah federal court ruled Wednesday that the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics must recognize a same-sex married couple as legal parents of their child. The case was argued before U.S. District Judge Dee Benson whose ruling holds that the state must apply Utah’s assisted reproduction parentage statute equally to same and different-sex spouses. “The court's decision makes clear that Utah must provide the same benefits, protections, and obligations to married same-sex couples that it provides to every other married couple,” said Joshua Block, senior staff attorney for the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and HIV Project. “Utah's assisted conception statutes were passed to ensure that children have the protection of two legal parents from the moment they are born. The state could not identify any reason at all to explain why it should be able to deny that same protection to Angie and Kami's family.” The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Utah brought Roe v. Patton on behalf of plaintiffs Angie and Kami Roe, arguing that the Office’s refusal to recognize female spouses as parents violates their right to equal protection. “We are overjoyed by…

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