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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

What the midterm election tells us about vote by mail in Utah

There are several reasons for the contrast between Utah’s smooth process and the delays in tabulating the final results in Arizona and Nevada.

How spirituality helps LGBTQ youth

Recent research backs up pastor’s experience with homeless LGBTQ youth – a longing and need for spirituality.

Education pluralism: The state of private schools

Private schools likely saw an uptick in enrollment during the pandemic because they offered a genuinely different option to families who were worried about the effects of remote schooling.

America’s wall of separation

Most people believe there should be a hard line drawn between government and faith communities. At times, this idea can be taken too far, marginalizing people of faith and religious institutions.

Newly elected conservative policymakers can learn from George Sutherland’s political philosophy

In George Sutherland’s view, the Constitution established bright lines of federalism and was the most democratic instrument of American governance. Because of the clarity and power of his views, much of his thinking remains relevant today.

He graduated from BYU. Then he battled FDR’s New Deal on the bench — 100 years later, his legacy still matters

The life of George Sutherland illustrates how character and kindness among Americans and their leaders can lead to political achievements that improve our civic well-being.

Education pluralism: The state of career and technical education

To win the working-class vote, candidates from any party would do well to take a closer look at supporting career and technical education (CTE) – the pipeline to many occupations.

Election winners should keep an eye on regulatory bureaucracy

The growth of administrative regulations undermines the American democratic principle of elected officials enacting the will of the people through policymaking.

Education pluralism: The state of public charter schools

There is a general trend toward public charter school enrollment growth in the state, and Utah can likely expect to see that continue in the coming years.

People of faith have played a longtime role in encouraging civic participation

Survey shows many people don’t want faith groups to speak out on policies and issues, but a look at our country’s history shows that may be shortsighted.

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