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The ACLU of Utah will continue to fight for the full release of Utah’s current jail standards. This comes after the state announced a redacted version will be available online.

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A bill that would allow prosecutors to automatically try a 15-year-old as an adult for murdering a police officer narrowly passed a Utah House committee on Tuesday.

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Valerie Young, a schoolteacher in West Valley City tearfully recalls the day she found out the boys who she believes killed her 16-year-old brother Craig in 1978 would not face charges.

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The documentary “The Sentence,” which showed at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, doesn’t try to inundate viewers with a glut of statistics on the screen. While it does examine the devastation that mandatory minimum prison sentences have on lives and advocates for more flexibility in the American justice system, it’s really about one family and the lengths they’ll go to be together.

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The Utah Department of Corrections says it will write new standards for safety and operations at state prisons and county jails — and those standards will be made available to the public. The announcement Friday came after media and civil rights groups had challenged their confidentiality.

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The San Juan County Sheriff and two of his deputies will remain on the job for now. All three were charged Friday with criminal misconduct and obstructing an investigation.

The Utah Attorney General’s office is investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman who died while in custody at the Duchesne County Jail last December.

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A bill to reform Utah’s Juvenile Justice system is marching forward in the Utah Legislature after hitting a few roadblocks in the House.  

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Two years after Utah’s criminal justice system overhaul, a state lawmaker is pushing for major reforms at the juvenile level.

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The Utah House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would ban cities from rewarding landlords who refuse to rent to people newly released from prison or jail.

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is one of a handful of legislators backing a sweeping criminal justice reform bill in Congress. But with a new administration comes concerns over the bill’s future, which Lee and others would still like to see passed.

Utahns Concerned Despite Falling Crime Rates

Aug 3, 2016
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A survey by the nonprofit Utah Foundation found that most voters in the state are highly concerned about crime. Shawn Tiegen is a researcher with the Utah Foundation. He says half of respondents said they were more concerned about crime now than they were 5 years ago.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams joined President Obama’s senior advisor on a media call Thursday to unveil the White House’ new initiative aimed at disrupting the cycle of incarceration.

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Salt Lake County officials rolled up their sleeves and got specific this week about how to implement criminal justice reforms. 

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has a plan to address new criminal justice demands on the county. He presented his $1.1 billion budget to the county council Tuesday morning.

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Women leaving the Salt Lake County jail with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder will have a new place to go for treatment. The county opened a residential facility Monday designed to help female offenders transition back into the community.

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A new report recognizes Salt Lake County for its efforts in criminal justice reform, but researchers found weaknesses in how it handles offenders with behavioral health disorders.

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The commission tasked with finding a new location for the state prison has pushed back its deadline for to October 1st. The Prison Relocation Commission met Thursday morning at the Utah State Capitol and left more questions to answer.

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Utah lawmakers this year authorized millions of dollars to be used for criminal justice reform. Counties across the state are putting together their proposals right now on how they would use the funds. But Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder isn’t waiting for state approval. He’s already allocated nearly a million dollars for a new probation unit.

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The first of three information sessions on a new state prison site is Wednesday night at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City. The co-chairs of the Prison Relocation Commission say the meetings are not intended for collecting public comment, but they expect to hear it anyway.

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The Utah Department of Corrections officially launched a new intervention program Thursday to keep female offenders out of jail.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert ceremoniously signed the state’s sweeping criminal justice reforms into law on Thursday.

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Advocates for criminal justice reform rallied at the state capitol Tuesday, and a Republican lawmaker announced he would run a bill to bring what he called an “epic shift” in Utah’s correctional process.

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Utah's Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission unveiled a package of recommendations to control prison growth today, including a proposal to make first-time drug possession a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

Utah Mother Arrested for Using Meth While Pregnant

Apr 23, 2014

A woman in St George has been charged with felony child endangerment for using methamphetamine while pregnant.  The baby was delivered by emergency C-section last week due to medical problems. According to charges filed Monday, the 24-year-old mother admitted to medical staff and police that she is addicted to meth and used it while pregnant. She was booked in a Washington County facility on 10,000 dollars bail. But state officials and health experts say the law was never intended to prosecute pregnant women.