City Views

CityViews 5/1/12: The Case for Juries/Improving Justice



Segment 1:

The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee being judged by a jury of one’s peers. Instead, the Sixth Amendment creates the right to a speedy, public trial by an impartial jury. But who sits can greatly influence a trial’s verdict. On Tuesday (Law Day), we explore the jury selection process, the types of juries and if the jury system can be improved.


  • Judge Royal Hansen, Presiding Judge, Third District Court
  • Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney
  • Patrick Anderson, Salt Lake Legal Defender’s Association




Segment 2:

Since criminal and social justice programs eat up about 70 percent of Salt Lake County’s budget, the County hired a consultant last year to review how it’s doing. Now, the recommendations are in and everything’s on the table: sentencing, pre-trial detainment, long-term outcomes. On Tuesday, we’ll talk about ways the justice system can be improved.


  • Salt Lake County Councilman Jim Bradley
  • Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill

You can see the full Salt Lake County Action Plan  for Criminal and Social Justice.

*NOTE: In the interview, Councilman Bradley says the County spends $78,000 per year per jail bed. The actual expenditure is about $40,000 a year.

City Views
City Views was a daily public affairs program that ran on KCPW from 2011 to 2013. It was hosted by Jennifer Napier-Pearce, who later went on launch and host "Behind the Headlines," the weekly news roundup from KCPW and The Salt Lake Tribune. The show featured news reports and interviews with policymakers, local newsmakers and
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