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Worker shortage puts Utah’s prison in ‘crisis’
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Worker shortage puts Utah’s prison in ‘crisis’

The following story was reported and written by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah’s $1.04 billion new prison was supposed to be the start of a revolution in how the state deals with incarcerated felons — with a laserlike focus on safety and rehabilitation. Instead, it’s being run...

Eviction expungement guide distributed to needy families for the holidays
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Eviction expungement guide distributed to needy families for the holidays

This Thanksgiving Harmons Neighborhood Grocer held its annual turkey giveaway in collaboration with the low-income advocates of the Crossroads Urban Center, who helped distribute over 3,000 turkeys to needy families. The Utah Investigative Journalism Project was honored to contribute to the event by having our recent “How to erase your eviction record” guide included in...

Public help needed identifying suspects from video for SLC Cold Case
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Public help needed identifying suspects from video for SLC Cold Case

The Utah Investigative Journalism Project has obtained video of two suspects of a hotel robbery in Draper, on October 11, 2021, who may have knowledge of the murder of Joseph Salas. The Utah Investigative Journalism Project reported on Salas’ death this summer in an article exploring the lack of trust between Salt Lake City’s unsheltered...

UIJP wins top watchdog reporting prize for eviction coverage
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UIJP wins top watchdog reporting prize for eviction coverage

The Utah Investigative Journalism Project garnered a big win at this year’s National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism competition, winning the organization’s Kenneth R. Harney award for Best Real Estate Consumer Education Reporting. The award was for coverage of Utah’s handling of the eviction crisis, specifically how the state disbursed federal emergency rental assistance...

How to erase your eviction record in Utah (in English and Español)
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How to erase your eviction record in Utah (in English and Español)

By Eric S. Peterson, Silvia Nuila and Frank Regalado The following story was supported by funding from The Economic Hardship Reporting Project and reported by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with Salt Lake City Weekly. (Para leer el texto en español vaya a la mitad del artículo.) Have you ever been evicted? Do...

Salt Lake County clerk candidate’s campaign promises may involve the county in a lawsuit
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Salt Lake County clerk candidate’s campaign promises may involve the county in a lawsuit

The following story was reported by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune. Goud Maragani, the Republican candidate for Salt Lake County clerk, has made government transparency a key part of his campaign, citing increased interest from citizens requesting public records to understand the election process. Maragani’s campaign promises, like...

Critics fear a highway bypass could trigger development in Heber Valley’s open space and threaten a critical water source
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Critics fear a highway bypass could trigger development in Heber Valley’s open space and threaten a critical water source

The following story was reported by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with the Salt Lake City Weekly, The Daily Herald and The Park Record. Brian Wimmer, president of the Trout Unlimited chapter of Utah County, has been casting his flies into the Middle Provo River for years. He’s learned that it doesn’t matter...

Utah businesses entangled in alleged $722 million crypto fraud scheme
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Utah businesses entangled in alleged $722 million crypto fraud scheme

The following story was reported by The Utah Investigative Journalism Project in partnership with the Deseret News. A suspected fraudulent bitcoin mining company may have ensnared several Utah properties, according to documents from a case against the BitClub Network, a company accused by the Department of Justice of defrauding over a thousand investors out of...