Week ending June 27, 2014


2 inmates taken to hospital after prison fight by Natalie Crofts, KSL.com

“Two inmates were transported to local hospitals after a fight broke out at the Utah State Prison Wednesday, officials said.”

Inmate stabbed in gang fight at Utah State Prison by Harry Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The Utah State Prison was on lockdown Wednesday after an inmate was stabbed during a melee.”


The Prison Relocation Commission is currently focused on finding a new site for the Utah State Prison. At its meeting on June 19, the commission heard presentations from the Department of Corrections as well as its consultant on new site criteria and recommendation deadlines. Here are documents to help you stay informed on what is being considered and how the commission’s work will progress.

Site Identification Criteria as specified by lawmakers

Utah Department of Corrections Site Criteria presentation

MGT presentation on site selection 

Site recommendation timeline


Provo man who admitted to abusing 12 kids sent to prison by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

A 21-year-old man [William Butcher] who walked into the Provo police station over a year ago and admitted to sexually abusing a dozen children will spend at least 18 years — and possibly up to life — in the Utah State Prison.

Ogden man sentenced in Kmart bathroom robbery by Loretta Park, Standard-Examiner

A 20-year-old man [Justin Hollis] has begun to serve a jail sentence for his role in attempting to rob an 18-year-old man of $35 in a Kmart restroom earlier this year.


Healthy Utah plan ensures Utahns’ tax dollars serve health care needs by Ben McAdams, Sam Granato and Aimee Winder Newton, opinion piece in Deseret News

“Medicaid has been an integral part of Utah’s social safety net for more than 40 years. While we in Salt Lake County government are concerned about the general well-being of all county residents, we have a unique legal requirement for public and behavioral health.”


For Gerardo Guzman, the motivation to complete his high school education came from his young daughter.
Guzman was helping her with spelling homework when his wife pointed out he had misspelled some words. They both laughed at the time, but Guzman said the memory of that moment drove him to finish his high school degree.
“I did not want to be laughed at for not knowing how to spell,” Guzman told his fellow graduates on Wednesday during the Central Utah Academy commencement ceremony. “I did not want to disappoint my daughter. … Find your motivation for success and don’t stop until you achieve it.” (Utah Department of Corrections)

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