What is the Utah Sentencing Commission?
Determining what behavior is criminal and what punishments are attached is a core function of government. Ultimately, elected and accountable legislators should be determining what sentences the state doles out.
Police Killed My Mentally Ill Neighbor. We Have to do Better.
Twenty-two Utahns were killed by police in 2022, or one death per 154,761 Utahns. This is far above the national rate of one deadly officer shooting per 284,212 Americans.
We Suck at Bail
Because people are legally innocent until proven guilty, they should generally not be kept in jail unless and until they are found guilty. However, the justice system owes a duty not only to defendants, but also to the public.
Crack and Powder Cocaine Disparities Highlight Deeper Problem with Drug Laws
Current drug penalties pass neither of these tests. Lawmakers owe it to both those accused of drug crimes and the taxpayers, who fund their prosecution and incarceration, to make sure that drug classifications and penalties are...
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
It has been truly said that justice delayed is justice denied. As memories fade and evidence becomes stale, it is harder for juries to accurately determine truth.
Ban-the-Box: Good or Bad for Ex-Offenders?
It’s imperative to understand that ban-the-box policies are an important step in helping ex-offenders enter into a more equitable and fair labor market.