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Utah Rep. Marsha Judkins Proposes Research into Racial Disparities in State’s Prisons

The racial disparities in Utah prisons have become so prominent that they warrant an examination into implicit bias, according to a proposal from state Rep. Marsha Judkins. The Republican lawmaker told the Standard-Examiner that she is working on a prosecution transparency bill that will collect data on how arrests, chargings,…

Will Mental Health Days Soon Be a Reality?

We all joke that we need a mental health day. Well, for students in Utah and Oregon, they are now permitted to take one. Both western states have recently passed legislation that builds mental health days into students’ school year. Both states have seen their suicide rates rising. Since the…

DJ Hrubes Woods Cross 10 year-old

Woods Cross Cop Won’t Be Fired After Pulling His Gun on DJ Hrubes, a 10-Year-Old Black Boy, Playing in His Grandmother’s Yard

Woods Cross, Utah, Police Chief Chad Soffe has informed the public that the officer being investigated for pulling his gun on DJ Hrubes, a 10-year-old Black boy, will not be fired. He defended the white officer’s action stating that the officer believed the little boy was an armed suspect. This…

Transgender Candidate Fights on in Senate Race

Misty K. Snow, a 31-year-old grocery store cashier who is also transgender, won the Utah Democratic nomination for Senate. Snow, who openly transitioned in 2014, is trying to become the first Democratic senator from Utah in nearly 40 years. She is the second transgender person to secure a major party…

Judge Discriminating Against Lesbian Parents Recuses Himself

A judge who called for the removal of a foster child from her lesbian foster parents has officially removed himself from the case following growing criticism and calls for an investigation of the judge’s practices as well as his impeachment. Last Tuesday, Judge Scott Johansen ordered a 9-month-old baby girl…

Mother Rejects 'Hush Money' in Fatal Police Shooting

Following the repeated instances of Black men being killed by police officers that have dominated news headlines over the past year, a new pattern has now emerged: high monetary settlements being offered to the families of the victims. But one mother has rejected such an offer in the hopes of…