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Policy

Clean Slate

As conservatives, we believe in justice — we also strongly believe in second chances. Once offenders pay their debt to society, they should be encouraged as they rebuild their lives, not hindered by bureaucratic barriers. The Clean Slate Initiative is an approach that uses technology to expedite the expungement of criminal records of people with minor offenses who have remained crime-free for a specified period of time. By using this model, Clean Slate laws limit the role of the state in people’s lives, empower families and communities, and strengthen the rule of law. Watch the video below to learn more about Clean Slate.

Policy

Clean Slate

As conservatives, we believe in justice — we also strongly believe in second chances. Once offenders pay their debt to society, they should be encouraged as they rebuild their lives, not hindered by bureaucratic barriers. The Clean Slate Initiative is an approach that uses technology to expedite the expungement of criminal records of people with minor offenses who have remained crime-free for a specified period of time. By using this model, Clean Slate laws limit the role of the state in people’s lives, empower families and communities, and strengthen the rule of law. Watch the video below to learn more about Clean Slate.

Research & Insights

How transparent are school districts about curriculum?

Utah districts don’t need to wait for legislation to be transparent – many have sought to be transparent on their own. District leaders interested in this reform can do several things right away.

What you need to know about the upcoming state party conventions

The two major political parties are about to hold their state conventions. Here’s what you need to know.

Here’s why the First Amendment’s religion clauses are not in conflict

Some suggest there is a tension between protection for the free exercise of religion and the prohibition on the establishment of religion. But a better take is to see the two clauses as congruent.

Is California’s minimum wage hike a mistake?

Is raising the minimum wage a good tool to help low-income workers achieve upward mobility? That’s the key question at the heart of the debate over California’s new $20 an hour minimum wage law for fast food workers.

Why is Utah at odds with Justice Department over treatment of gender-dysphoric prisoner?

Lawsuit illustrates a little-known practice of federal agencies – giving various forms of “guidance” which are not supposed to be legally binding. The practice raises serious legal and constitutional questions.

What would a parent-teacher ‘handshake’ look like in Utah?

This partnership does not allow either party to pass blame entirely to the other. There is no scapegoat, only opportunities for either party or both to work on the factors within their scope.

Restoring “The Soul of Civility” in America, with Alexandra Hudson

Most people would agree that civility seems to be in short supply in our current political environment. But in recent years, a growing chorus of voices across the political spectrum has been calling for a return to principles of civility in politics, as well as all areas of public life.

How Utah is supporting teachers

As Utah policymakers adapt to the needs of students, their policies have been proactive toward teachers’ needs as well.

Civics Refresher: What is federalism?

Utah was recently ranked No. 1 in the country for federalism. What is the history of federalism and what does it mean?

Curriculum transparency: a burden or benefit for teachers?

Increasing access to curriculum might make students and parents better partners with teachers and may preempt conflict with parents about sensitive topics in class.

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