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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - UT: Criminal Justice

Utah lawmakers will see a slew of bills this session addressing police behavior, including one that would prevent officers from using additional force against someone who's been subdued. (Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Police reform will be a top priority when the Utah Legislature opens next Tuesday, and groups are pressing lawmakers to pass more than 60 expected bills. Some key areas of focus include police accountability, use of force and police misconduct. Molly Davis, policy analyst for the

Studies show that in Salt Lake County, pre-trial detainees spend an average of 128 days in jail before their case goes to trial. (Victor Moussa/Adobe Stock)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Four of every five people currently sitting in Salt Lake County jails haven't been convicted of a crime, but are waiting there to go to court because they're too impoverished to make bail. Decarcerate Utah is a nonprofit group working to change the system so people can continue the

Utah's prison population peaked in 2013, but has seen a decline after the state passed some criminal-justice reforms in 2015. (meesh/Flickr)

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SALT LAKE CITY – If Utah continues to reduce its prison population, taxpayers could save as much as $250 million, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). About 6,500 people are currently incarcerated in Utah. The ACLU says the state could cut that number in h

Under Utah's 2015 criminal justice reforms, the percentage of the prison population serving time for nonviolent offenses shrank from 40 percent to 32 percent. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah's prison population is now well below where it had been projected to be by this time, according to new data The Pew Charitable Trusts. Researchers say a few key changes to law enforcement policy are saving the state millions of dollars in incarceration costs. Pew's an

A majority of the people incarcerated in Utah have less than a high school education. (Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A new program spearheaded by the University of Utah is reviving higher education classes for incarcerated people at the Utah State Correctional Facility in Draper, after a ten year hiatus. Erin Castro, an assistant professor at the University, is the driving force behind The Univ

Now that drugs normally used for lethal injections are unavailable, Utah could carry out future  executions using a firing squad. (zerbor/iStockphoto)

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SALT LAKE CITY - With the drugs most commonly used for lethal injections no longer available, the state of Utah may revert to carrying out death sentences with a firing squad. The state has used lethal injection for most of its executions since 1977, but firing squads have remained an option in some

PHOTO: Recapture Canyon near Blanding, Utah, may be the site of another tense standoff over western public lands this weekend, as people plan to ride their ATVs in areas that have been off limits to motorized vehicles since 2007. Photo courtesy City of Blanding, Utah.

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BLANDING, Utah – Could Southeastern Utah be the next place where private residents challenge the federal government's authority on public lands? Bureau of Land Management officials in Utah say they have been made aware that a group led by San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman plans to ride

PHOTO: Canines With a Cause provides service dogs, trained by female prison inmates, to veterans coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health challenges. Photo courtesy Canines With a Cause.

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DRAPER, Utah - A program new to Utah allows female prison inmates to train shelter dogs to serve as companion and service animals for veterans suffering from mental health challenges. Cathy King, executive director, Canines With a Cause, says the dogs live with the selected inmates at the Utah State

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