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The Many Trials of Darryl Hunt Are Over

14 April 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Darryl Hunt spent nearly two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit. He had spent half his life in prison before he was exonerated.

Utah Legislature Says: "Meh" On Six

21 March 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
To put it mildly, as we assess the 2016 Legislative Session in light of Utah’s now-well-documented public defense crisis, we are not impressed.

Take action one more time to finally end the death penalty in Utah

09 March 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
It's been a hard fight, but death penalty repeal is making progress in the Utah legislature! We have one last chance to keep the momentum building and abolish the death penalty in Utah.

Into the Home Stretch: Final Week of Legislative Session

08 March 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
To power us all through the final week of the Legislative Session, here are some tidbits of GOOD news for our allies, supporters and friends: great bills that have been moving!

Week Six: Cue the Attacks on Reproductive Freedom

27 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
With just two weeks left in the 2016 Legislative Session, the attacks on reproductive freedom are finally popping up all over Capitol Hill - just as predictable as the spring blooms popping up outside!

TAKE ACTION: Contact your senator to vote yes on SB189. Let’s end the death penalty in Utah now!

24 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
If you oppose the use of capitol punishment in Utah, now is the time to take action!

TAKE ACTION: Time to End the Death Penalty In Utah!

23 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
TAKE ACTION: The death penalty is expensive, ineffective and unconstitutional. It's time for REPEAL.

LGBT Equality Issues at the Capitol (2016 Edition)

22 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Grabbing the most headlines last week was the LDS Church’s statement on SB107, which suggested that the hate crimes law update would “alter the balance” achieved in last year’s anti-discrimination legislation. 

Quick Primer on Body Cam Legislation at the Capitol

17 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Community activists and advocates have been asking a lot about the TWO bills related to police body-mounted cameras, both being considered by the legislature during this 2016 session: Rep. Dan McCay’s HB300 and Sen. Dan Thatcher’s SB94.

FAQs on Civil Asset Forfeiture

16 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
"Civil Asset Forfeiture" - it's a not-very-sexy name for a VERY important issue!

Indigent Defense: The Bill Is Now Public...and It's Not Enough

12 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Last week, Senator Todd Weiler's legislation to address Utah's indigent defense crisis finally became public. SB155, "Indigent Defense Commission," is not a bad bill...but it's nowhere near robust enough to address the fact that every day, Utahns appearing in district and justice courts throughout the state, are being deprived of their Sixth Amendment right to legal counsel.

Medical Cannabis & Breasfeeding Steal the Spotlight

08 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
So far, medical cannabis and workplace breastfeeding have stolen the spotlight at the Capitol this year, but that's certainly not all that's happening during the 2016 Session.

The Parole Board Legislative Audit Results: In Human Words

04 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Utah's criminal justice system is fraught with subterfuge and injustice, from arrest and the judicial process to corrections and the actual sentencing/parole authority.

TAKE ACTION: Less Death Penalty...Not MORE...in Utah!

02 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
TAKE ACTION: The death penalty is expensive, ineffective and unconstitutional. Why would we do MORE of it?

2016 Legislative Session: What to Watch For! (Part 2)

28 January 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Medical cannabis...increasingly long prison stays for Utah inmates...your right to an attorney...oh my!

2016 Legislative Session: What to Watch For! (Part 1)

25 January 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The 2016 legislative session kicked off yesterday with much ceremony and anticipation, with several controversial issues – medical cannabis, defunding Planned Parenthood and equality in the workplace for Utah’s working moms – receiving attention well in advance of the opening day ceremonies. 

YES ON SIX: It's not a "problem," it's a CRISIS.

19 January 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The Sixth Amendment guarantees legal counsel to all people who are facing possible jail time on criminal charges, regardless of whether they can afford an attorney. But there’s no question that for many people in Utah there might as well not be a Sixth Amendment at all.

Surprise: People Care About Police Militarization...Popularity of "Peace Officer" Documentary Proves it.

12 November 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s time for you to check out “Peace Officer.”

Editorial: The conservative case against the death penalty

26 October 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board makes a compelling case for the abolition of capitol punishment in Utah.