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 Constitution Day came to be – and its link to immigrants

It seems appropriate that the history of the commemoration of the Constitution would be linked to appreciation for immigrants to the United States whose identity as Americans was formed by the great charter of the new nation. That charter, formed in the remarkable 1787 convention, still is a uniting force for citizens and a beacon of self-determination for the world.

This Constitution Day, read the Constitution

This Constitution Day, read the Constitution. Through civics education, we can make America what the framers dreamed it would become: a more perfect union.

A summary of Utah’s education choice options (and how they help depoliticize the classroom)

What does Utah’s current education choice landscape look like? The range of education choice programs and policies include vouchers, tax credits and tax credit scholarships, public school choice, and a diverse blend of taxpayer-funded online options.

Mississippi abortion case more likely than Texas law to impact Roe v. Wade

The real possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade is found in a case pending with the Supreme Court, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. That case involves a Mississippi law prohibiting abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Knowing courts’ constitutional role, limits can calm reactions

The court’s basic role is to apply existing legal rules – which could be provisions of the Constitution, laws passed by Congress, treaty obligations, etc. – in specific situations.

History, memory and the importance of reflecting on 9/11

As we reflect upon September 11, 2001, consider the history and the memory of the day. Both are important – and combined, they argue that we as grateful Americans must do a better job of teaching our past to the future citizens of this Republic.

How freedom of religion helps bolster the right of association

Like other critical rights, the ideal of freedom of association has roots in and has been enhanced by the efforts of religions and people of faith to assert their convictions.

Civics can help solve the problems of surging COVID cases, hospitalizations

If we are to do better in the future and maintain the American experiment in self-governance, it will be at least partly due to improved civics education.

Sutherland Institute welcomes new contributing scholar

Sutherland Institute Vice President of Policy Derek Monson announced Jon Ammons will join Sutherland’s new stable of contributing scholars, with a focus on civic institutions.

Support, skills, networking – all are ways that churches help unemployed

Sometimes finding work requires upgrading skills, and faith-based organizations help here as well.

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