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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

Curtis and Stewart: We have good reason for optimism

Despite differences in topic and tone, both congressmen endorsed an optimistic outlook, based on historical perspective, on political divisions in the nation.

Rep. Curtis: ‘Our interests are actually aligned’

Curtis’ remarks highlight a crucial insight for finding workable policy solutions in a time of significant partisan division: build discussions on a foundation of what you can agree on.

Stewart: You have to have people believe in elections

At a Sutherland Institute Congressional Series event this week, Rep. Chris Stewart said that if people lose confidence in elections, “you have lost the foundation … for a government and society to survive.” Fortunately, Utahns trust in elections is high.

Rep. Stewart: Federalism is for all parties and ideologies

Speaking at a Sutherland Institute Congressional Series event this week, Rep. Chris Stewart said he believes that federalism is the only way for America to overcome its divisions.

Sutherland Institute names new vice president of strategy & communications

Sutherland Institute announced today the addition of Nic Dunn as vice president of strategy & communications.

Romney proposal underscores importance of public trust in public health

The senator’s idea for a new, data-focused public health agency is a constructive step forward. On the other hand, a barrier to its success might be public health’s public trust problem.

Religious liberty conferences highlight the freedom that many lack around the world

In Rome, Justice Samuel Alito says: “We can’t lightly assume that the religious liberty enjoyed today in the United States, in Europe, and in many other places will always endure. Religious liberty is fragile.”

Congress’ history of messing with Supreme Court size

Congress changed the number of Supreme Court justices seven times in the 80 years after the Constitution was enacted, but that number has stayed at nine for the last 153 years.

Utah’s resilient politics bolstered by its social capital

Despite growing political and partisan divisions nationally and in other states, in Utah we have generally continued – for the time being, at least – to find practical, principled policy solutions to difficult issues.

Education choice continues to flower in Utah

Utah’s virtual school programs are serving thousands of students and their families in ways that traditional, in-person school never could.

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