Week ending June 20, 2014


New location for Utah prison still up in the air by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune 

“If all goes according to plan, the Utah Prison Relocation Commission will have a proposed plot of land for a new prison to present to legislators at the next session in January.”

Search for new state prison location on fast track by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“Within the next 30 days, the state plans to begin circulating requirements for a new prison in selected communities in the hopes of finding a site before the start of the 2015 Legislature in January.”

Lt. Gov. tells Kiwanis members about education, prison move and more by Barbara Christiansen, The Daily Herald

“Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox met Monday evening with members of Orem’s Golden K Kiwanis Club, fielding questions about issues raised by the senior citizens.”


Ogden man sent to prison for trading child porn by Andreas Rivera, Standard-Examiner

“A 43-year-old man [Jody Jacobson] who has a long history of run-ins with the law is going to prison for sharing child pornography.”

Utah teen pleads guilty to murdering 2 younger brothers by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty Wednesday to fatally stabbing his two younger brothers last year at their West Point home. Aza Ray Vidinhar pleaded guilty in juvenile court to one count of first-degree felony murder in connection with 10-year-old Alex Vidinhar’s death, followed by a similar plea in adult court for filling his 4-year-old brother, Benjie Vidinhar.”


The Utah Department of Corrections’ report on post-secondary education programs, presented to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee on June 18, can be found by clicking here.


Fund Willy: A Scholarship for the Children of Incarcerated Parents Struggles to gain Traction with Inmates and the Prison by Stephen Dark, City Weekly

“Utah State Prison inmate Brian Maguire knows how important the Willy the Plumber scholarship can be for the child of an incarcerated parent.”


Here are the graduates of Class 268 at the Utah Department of Corrections’ Training Academy! Congrats! There were 42 graduates, ranging in age from 22 to 48. They will be working throughout the state of Utah in the following counties and departments: Carbon, Davis, Iron, Juab, San Juan, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch and at the Utah State Prison and Central Utah Correctional Facility. (Utah Department of Corrections)

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