Like the rest of the nation, Utah has a mass incarceration problem. But there is a solution. We released the Smart Justice Utah Blueprint - an analysis that shows how all of us, from community members to policymakers, can transform the criminal justice system and cut Utah incarceration numbers in half.
Well here’s what you need to know about the path to smart justice in Utah
- More than half of people locked up in Utah’s jails in 2015 had not been convicted of a crime.
- Utah’s prison population grew by 563% between 1980 and 2016.
- The percentage of minorities newly admitted to Utah prisons increased from 34 percent to 43 percent from 2015 to 2017.
We partnered with the Urban Institute, the national ACLU and affiliates, along with other allies to provide a unique snapshot of our state’s incarcerated population, including an analysis of the state’s drivers of mass incarceration, and why people there are imprisoned for so long.
Most importantly, the blueprint offer solutions tailored for Utah – solutions that will have a real, calculable impact on people’s lives.
In order to end mass incarceration, Utah must join the movement to cut the prison population. That starts with comprehensive, cutting-edge analysis.
Check out Utah’s blueprint to see how we can end mass incarceration.
For more information about the Smart Justice Utah campaign visit our webpage and engage with us on Twitter and Instagram.