Week ending July 24, 2016

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July 23: We are finishing out our 2016 Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week celebration with a salute to our amazing director, deputy directors, regional supervisors and administrative staff! These hard-working folks keep Adult Probation & Parole on track and moving forward with all the changes that have come with the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

COUNTY JAILS

Deaths in Utah’s county jails support advocates’ zero fatalities goal by Mark Shenefelt, Standard-Examiner

“Utah’s county jails have elaborate policies aimed at safeguarding sick or suicidal inmates, but a spate of deaths has fostered concerns about a shaky safety net for those who go behind bars.”

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

OPINION: Prison reform proponents have it backward by William G. Otis, Deseret News

“President Obama and some in Congress tell us our criminal justice system is “broken” — that we have too many people in prison for too long. They say the way forward lies in reducing the already declining federal inmate population — already at its lowest level in over a decade and still dropping.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

OPINION: Governors Deal, Fallin and Bevin: How we are transforming our states’ justice systems by Nathan Deal (Georgia), Mary Fallin (Oklahoma) and Matt Bevin (Kentucky), Fox News

“President Ronald Reagan once famously said, ‘The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ No one could have seen it at the time, but we now know that, with respect to our justice system, truer words were never spoken.”

Locked Up, Then Locked Out: Removing Barriers to Employment for Persons with Criminal Records, Florida Taxwatch

“Employment is a critical factor in reducing recidivism, and many states have forged policy solutions to address the cyclical relationship between unemployment and crime. To help stop this revolving door in Florida, this TaxWatch report makes recommendations for Florida to improve access to employment opportunities for released ex-offenders; reducing recidivism, driving down future prison populations, and saving taxpayer dollars.”

Ongoing Pa. Justice Department review focuses on high incarceration, recidivism by Katie Meyer, Newsworks.org

“A nonpartisan group reviewing the Pennsylvania Justice System is releasing data on some of the biggest issues it has found — hih rates of incarceration and recidivism.”

Applicants for Montgomery County jobs won’t be asked about felony convictions by Kaitlyn Foti, Montgomery Advertiser

“Montgomery County has ‘banned the box.’ That means those with felony convictions will no longer have to check a box on employment applications with the county. Instead, criminal records will only be available to those reviewing applications after a conditional offer of employment is given. Only then will a background check be issued.”

Local re-entry program shows promise from inmates by Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union Tribune

“People serving sentences for nonviolent felonies in San Diego County custody recommit crimes less frequently than those who serve in state prison for similar crimes, according to new data from the San Diego County probation department.”

Recidivism-reducing programs in Lafayette, Alexandria, Lake Charles, Monroe canceled because of budget cuts by Lanie Lee Cook, The Acadiana Advocate

“State funding for programs designed to help former inmates under state supervision stay out of jail has been cut from four Louisiana cities, including Lafayette, that offer the services as part of a larger round of budget cuts within the state Department of Corrections.”

Eastern State Penitentiary and the Critique of Mass Incarceration by Amy McKeever, Pacific Standard

“A humid afternoon in Philadelphia is an unforgiving time to mill around this prison yard. But here they are, of their own free will. Penned between the thick stone walls and brick towers — ominous battlements that evoke a medieval castle — more than a dozen tourists dressed in shorts and tank tops, capri pants and polos, wander across Eastern State Penitentiary’s baseball diamond with audio packs slung around their necks.”

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Week ending July 17, 2016

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JULY 17:  It is Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week — a national celebration that gives us a chance to recognize the tremendous work done by the employees in our Adult Probation & Parole division. Each day we’ll feature photos of staff from one of our five regions, along with a bit of information about Adult Probation & Parole in general. Today we are highlighting Region 4, with includes Utah, Wasatch, Garfield, Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier and the west half of Wayne counties. Yep, it’s one of our larger regions. Many of the employees who work in the region are shown in these photographs! Let them know you appreciate them!

NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

Mosquito experts: Prison relocation plan may take some debugging by Daphne Chen, Deseret News

“Dust storms. Soggy soil. Now the Utah State Prison relocation faces another challenge: mosquitoes.”

Salt Lake City decides if you can’t stop a new prison, make money off it by Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune

“After unsuccessfully fighting to avoid hosting a relocated Utah State Prison, Salt Lake City is now preparing for an economic boon spurred by the facility. The city’s urban-renewal agency voted Tuesday to designate a swath of land containing the future prison site as a redevelopment-project area in what one top aide to Mayor Jackie Biskupski called ‘a critical first step.'”

COUNTY JAILS

Immigrant’s death puts agencies at odds over Weber jail’s medical care handling by Mark Shenefelt, Standard-Examiner

“Bosnian Amra Miletic was one of the last immigration detainees to be housed in the Weber County Jail.”

PRISON SITE REDEVELOPMENT

Another step forward in development of prison site at Point of the Mountain by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“The Point of the Mountain Development Commission on Wednesday approved a nationwide search for consultants to come up with a plan for transforming the current site of the Utah State Prison into a technology hub.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Law enforcement groups petition Clinton, Trump by David M. Jackson, USA Today

“Law enforcement organizations are calling on presidential candidates — particularly Donald Trump — to endorse an overhaul of the criminal justice system that can help reduce crime and improve relations between police and the communities they serve.”

Fatherhood behind bars: Perth’s Wandoo prison hopes days with family will reduce recidivism by Jamie Burnett and Emma Wynne, ABC News

“Family days for inmates at a Perth prison are allowing incarcerated fathers to develop stronger bonds with their children, with authorities hoping it will help prevent reoffending.”

Alaska Gov. Signs Overhaul of Criminal Justice System by Julie St. Louis, Courthouse News

“Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed a historic reform of Alaska’s criminal justice system on Monday that is projected to reduce the prison population by 13 percent by 2024 and save the state $380 million.”

Young inmates, inmates released without supervision most likely to reoffend, new report states by Shira Schoenberg, Masslive.com

“Prisoners who are released to the community without any supervision in Massachusetts reoffend at higher rates than those who are released with supervision. Yet, some of the most dangerous criminals are often the ones released without supervision, according to information released Tuesday by the Council of State Governments Justice Center.”

Pace Partners With Good Dog Foundation To Reduce Prisoner Recidivism by John Haffey, Armonk Daily Voice

“Pace University’s Department of Criminal Justice has partnered with the Good Dog Foundation, along with the Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC) and Federal Bureau of Prisons, in an effort to tackle the problems facing female inmates.”

Creating educational opportunity for incarcerated students by William A. Galston and Elizabeth McElvein, Brookings Institute

“It is time to broaden the national dialogue about educational opportunity for incarcerated students. At a recent event at the Center for American Progress, Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. spotlighted the administration’s Second Chance Pell initiative, a program that will allow eligible prisoners to receive Pell Grants to pursue higher education opportunities at one of 67 two- or four-year institutions nationwide.”

Educational opportunity in prison has “tremendous impact on recidivism rates” by Stateside Staff, Michigan Radio

“There are 2.2 million people now incarcerated in American prisons. Each year, hundreds of thousands of those inmates are released. One of the most important ways of keeping them from re-offending and winding up back in prison is education.”

Cheaper rate for inmate calls aims to reduce recidivism by Ariana Sawyer, The Tennessean

“Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall officially announced a dramatic cut in charges for all inmate phone calls from 13 cents to 5 cents per minute Monday afternoon in an effort to protect family members of inmates from an undue financial burden.”

OPINION: America must address its prison problem by Macleans.ca

“Is there any good news to be found in the horrifying cycle of violence and racial tension currently convulsing the United States and its justice system? Yes, but it may be a long time in coming.”

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Week ending July 10, 2016

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Happy Fourth of July! We began our celebration of Independence Day with the parade in Gunnison, home to the Central Utah Correctional Facility. We are proud to be a member of the Gunnison community and appreciate all your support! And thanks to our staff who represented the Department this morning. Way to go!

STORIES OF INTEREST

OPINION: Recidivism antidote: Ex-cons need a seamless path back to Medicaid, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A person released from a county jail or state prison faces no shortage of challenges readjusting to life in society. Accessing health care shouldn’t be one of them.”

California Targets Inmate Education To Fight Recidivism by Eliana Osborn, GoodCall.com

“For corrections officials, recidivism ranks at the top of the list of worries. And it’s no wonder. According to a study of prisoners released between 2005 and 2010, more than two-thirds were rearrested within three years.”

California legislature hears pros and cons of statewide sentencing reform by Erica Webster, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

“On June 8, 2016, the public safety committees for both the California State Senate and the Assembly held an informational hearing on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed ballot initiative, the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 or “Proposition 57.”

Can Indiana trade overcrowded jails for treatment reform? by Madeline Buckley and Kristine Guerra, IndyStar

“Two years ago, Ashley Sorrel wore a hospital gown inside the Marion County Jail, with twigs and dirt snarled in her hair and 92 stitches stretched across her body.”

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