Jessica Miller, Salt Lake Tribune

Jessica Miller

Salt Lake Tribune

Ogden, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Jessica:

She was attacked at a SLC luxury apartment complex. Did it do enough to protect her?

Stunned by a masked gunman who confronted her at the front entrance of a luxury apartment building in Salt Lake City, a woman remembers thinking, “Why isn’t anyone coming to save me?” → Read More

Utah lawyers volunteer to help Salt Lake Tribune journalists get public records

Salt Lake Tribune journalists filed more than 300 open records requests last year, and the most common response received was "no," according to executive editor Lauren Gustus. Now Utah lawyers from five law firms are volunteering to help Tribune reporters in records disputes. → Read More

Here’s what West Valley City changed after a sergeant shot and killed a handcuffed man in police station

West Valley City has paid a grieving mother $350,000 to settle her lawsuit — and made changes she hopes will save someone’s life. → Read More

Utah man sues Salt Lake City police for ordering dog to attack after he was already cooperating

A man is suing Salt Lake City’s police department, alleging an officer ordered a police dog to bite him while he was already kneeling. → Read More

Utah increased oversight of its troubled-teen industry. Has it worked?

Legislators passed a bill last year that brought the first regulatory reform to teen treatment programs in 15 years. → Read More

How Utah became the nation's top place to send troubled teens

Some 20,000 kids have been sent away to Utah teen treatment programs since 2015. → Read More

Utah will make it easier to search a teen treatment program’s violation history

Utah's Office of Licensing recently confirmed that it is planning to release violation and disciplinary information online, accessible through a search on its website. → Read More

‘Bullied’, ‘shamed’, ‘abused’: Why 26 former Vista residents are suing this Utah teen treatment program

Vista is one of the more than 100 teen treatment programs in Utah, which cater to parents and out-of-state agencies who care for struggling teenagers. → Read More

Even after serious allegations, here's why shutting down a teen treatment facility in Utah is no easy task

Opening a youth treatment center is relatively simple in Utah. But state regulators often can't — or won't — shut a place down after abuse is alleged. → Read More

How ‘inappropriate boundaries’ for staff can lead to sexual abuse at Utah teen treatment centers

Inappropriate contact between children and staff members has happened with some frequency in Utah’s teen treatment programs. From November 2018 through July 2021 — state regulators have investigated at least 20 reports of staff pushing the boundaries with clients, sometimes amounting to sexual abuse. → Read More

‘Blindfolds, hoods and handcuffs’: How some teenagers come to Utah youth treatment programs

With a parent’s consent, two people are sent to surprise their child while they are asleep to forcefully take them to a wilderness program or residential treatment center. → Read More

This unlikely pair changed some leaders’ minds about ending Utah’s death penalty. Will it be enough?

Sharon Wright Weeks and Randy Gardner have spent decades living on the opposite sides of the criminal justice system — that of a victim’s family and of a killer’s — but both are now advocating for the same end: abolishing the death penalty in Utah. → Read More

Mental health crisis at center of many Utah police shootings. Are officers prepared?

A Salt Lake Tribune database shows more than 40% of the state's police shootings involve someone in mental crisis. Experts and advocates say mental health problems in the state are a systemic issue that can't be solved by law enforcement alone. → Read More

Listen to the controversial comments about sexual assault that led to the USU chief’s resignation

A recording of a football team meeting at USU has drawn attention for comments made by the police chiefs at the school and at Logan city. → Read More

Utah prisoners have received delayed and inadequate medical care, audit shows

A new legislative audit found an inadequate prison health care system in Utah, one rife with so many “systemic deficiencies” that it has often translated to delayed and inadequate care for inmates. → Read More

Watch ‘Shots Fired’ tonight and read five key Tribune stories about police shootings in Utah

"Shots Fired," a documentary from FRONTLINE and The Salt Lake Tribune, focuses on police shootings in Utah. It touches on a number of topics that the reporting team has explored in detail in written stories. → Read More

Utah County commissioners vote to support ending the death penalty

The resolution passed Wednesday marked the first time a county commission in Utah has publicly asked for the death penalty to be eliminated. → Read More

Jessica Miller: Why you won’t see mug shots on The Tribune’s pages

The Tribune adopted a policy earlier this year that it will no longer use mugshots in our coverage before someone has been convicted of a crime. This policy is consistent with a new state law that bars law enforcement agencies from releasing booking photos pre-conviction. But it's also the right thing to do, Jessica Miller writes. → Read More

Lawsuit challenges Utah’s cash-based bail system

It’s the first legal challenge that attempts to topple Utah’s current cash-based bail system, a hotly-contested policy that has been debated on Capitol Hill in recent years. → Read More

Utah County attorney will no longer seek the death penalty

Utah County Attorney David Leavitt announced Wednesday that he will no longer seek the death penalty. He is the first elected prosecutor in Utah to do so. His announcement came on the same day a state lawmaker said he will make another run at abolishing the death penalty in Utah. → Read More