DHS IS “ALL IN” ON ADVANCING RACIAL JUSTICE

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On December 18, 2020 the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) signed the Utah Compact for Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion. DHS joined Governor Gary R. Herbert and hundreds of other signatories committed to addressing systemic racism.  “We have a daunting opportunity within state government to positively influence change because we know our services often disproportionately affect people of color,” …

Utah Realizes Positive Outcomes with Juvenile Justice Reform

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New data is showing positive outcomes in Utah’s juvenile justice system for youth, families and community safety, including a staggering 46% reduction of low-risk youth in locked detention statewide with the state’s reinvestment model into home and community- based programs. Since 2017, when a comprehensive set of reforms sponsored by Rep. Lowry Snow and Sen. Todd Weiler was signed into …