Letter to the Editor, 0619 UTBJ, Vol. 32, No. 3. 8

Position:Vol. 32 3 Pg. 8

Letter to the Editor

Vol. 32 No. 3 Pg. 8

Utah Bar Journal

June, 2019

May, 2019

Dear Editor:

In the January/February issue of the Utah Bar Journal, Mr. Jason M. Groth penned an article entitled, “Criminal Justice Reform in Utah: From Prosecution to Parole.” One of Mr. Groth’s concerns in his article dealt with the disparate incarceration rates among certain groups of individuals. Because Mr. Groth believes that prosecutors and law enforcement are somewhat responsible for the disparate incarceration rates, he provides suggestions as to how prosecutors can help limit racial disparities within the criminal justice system. Although some of Mr. Groth’s suggestions may have merit, the issue of ‘individual responsibility’ is conspicuously absent from his article. Mr. Groth advocates for more programs, resources and holding law enforcement and prosecutors more accountable to help reduce “racial disparities.” However, a plethora of programs and maximum oversight will not result in lower...

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