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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

Dissent? Per curiam? Syllabus? Here’s how to read a Supreme Court decision

The risk of not being able to understand a Supreme Court opinion is that third parties will become the sole source of information on what the court does.

Free speech case with potential implications for religious (and other) professionals

This case should establish whether the state can require creative professionals and businesses to send messages even if it does not express antipathy to the professional or business beliefs.

Pending abortion ruling is an opportunity to build our civic character

It’s easy to follow the path of viewing someone who disagrees with you as short on intelligence or morality. It takes depth of character to take the road less traveled.

Abortion case highlights how previous decisions affect later cases

There needs to be a way to correct decisions at odds with the underlying laws being applied. The court can and does have options to prevent (or correct) this type of result.

How to rebuild public trust in public health

When public health is used as a tool on behalf of partisan victory, it erodes Americans’ trust in the institution of public health.

New voting trends show the strength of Utah’s approach to vote by mail

Americans in other states who voted by mail for the first time during the pandemic may be inclined to return to in-person voting, but Utah has a long and successful history with voting by mail.

Counterintuitive idea: Does religious freedom require abortion access?

Is there any legal merit to the claim that protecting religious freedom requires unfettered access to abortion? A safe legalistic answer would be, “It depends.”

Polls suggest parents, teachers should influence curriculum

Those polled seem to agree that curriculum decisions should be influenced most by people closest to schools and students rather than by those in state and national capitals.

Why the U.S. is ‘eternally vigilant’ against suppression of speech

Putting aside whether listening to every possible opinion is actually the best way to discern truth, there are lessons from the Supreme Court’s extremely broad protection of speech for parallel matters like religious freedom.

More evidence needed to clarify the ranked-choice voting debate

Ranked-choice voting is not used for most U.S. elections, so data about its impacts here is relatively sparse.

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