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Police, homelessness, and lessons learned from Operation Rio Grande


A recent report from the ACLU of Utah offers a critical appraisal of Operation Rio Grande, the multi-agency effort to address public safety and homelessness in the Pioneer Park neighborhood that began in 2017. In particular, the report criticizes the number of arrests for low-level offenses that came out of that effort, saying that “repeated interactions with the criminal justice system” created “lingering collateral consequences” for people experiencing homelessness – a population the architects of the effort were ostensibly trying to help.

Today on In the Hive, the lessons learned from Operation Rio Grande, two years on.

Mike Brown, Salt Lake City Chief of Police
Greg Hughes, former Utah House Speaker
Lex Scott, founder, Black Lives Matter Utah
Jason Stevenson, Strategic Communications Manager, ACLU of Utah

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