Week ending July 11, 2014

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Temporary state IDs for newly released inmates will help them get jobs, housing by Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News (Also appeared in Houston Chronicle)

“Whether Colette Monahan had valid state identification wasn’t top of mind Tuesday morning. Monahan, 47, was being released from prison. Her next stop was a hospital for surgery and cancer treatment. Still, she welcomed the opportunity having a temporary state ID upon her release.”

Temporary IDs offer former inmates a shot at a permanent life out of prison by Marissa Lang, The Salt Lake Tribune

“There was little fanfare in the small room where Utah State Prison inmates sat on plastic chairs Tuesday, filling out papers with borrowed blue pens. They checked off boxes, filled out their name and date of birth. They answered yes or no questions, confirmed they were U.S. citizens. It wasn’t exciting. But, offenders and officials said, it’s so important.”

IN COURT

Man pleads guilty to killing Utah police Sgt. Derek Johnson by Marissa Lang, The Salt Lake Tribune

“For the first time since Sgt. Derek Johnson was killed last year, his family on Tuesday faced the man who pulled the trigger. They didn’t mince words.”

Nibley man sentenced to prison for object rape by Will Feelright, Cache Valley Daily

“A 24-year-old Nibley man, found guilty of object rape in April, has been sentenced to prison. Jacob Christensen appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He showed little emotion as Judge Kevin Allen sentenced him to five-years-to-life in the Utah State Prison.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Mom Has Faith in Appeal of 16-Year-Old’s Prison Sentence by Christine McCarthy, KUTV

” 16-year-old Ogden boy sent to prison despite accepting what he thought was a more lenient plea deal is fighting his sentence. Cooper Van Huizen’s latest attorney — his third — Elizabeth Hunt, filed motions this week to appeal his sentence and to seek his release on bond pending the appeal. Hunt hopes to recall the case to juvenile court, where it began.”

The Utah-filmed truth behind the gritty story of murderer Gary Gilmore by Ellen Fagg Weist, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Revisiting the true-crime TV movie “The Executioner’s Song,” a gritty period piece about the angry love story of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, opens up a time capsule to the seedy small-town Utah life that served as a backdrop to two 1976 murders.”

ON FACEBOOK

Philip Lee has earned three vocational certifications during his time at the Utah State Prison. But that’s not the only education he received. The hard work it took to finish those programs taught Lee to believe in himself.
“It made me believe I am worthy,” he said. “I can accomplish something.”
Lee was among 30 inmates who received certification diplomas on Thursday from Davis Applied Technology College. Lee, who already has certifications in industrial maintenance and welding, received a new diploma in business technology. (Utah Department of Corrections)

ON YOUTUBE

Learn about the Utah Defendant Offender Workforce Development (UDOWD) program, a collaboration between government agencies and local businesses that is helping former inmates get back on their feet and become contributing members of society. This brief film was made by students at Utah Valley University for UDOWD partners. (Utah Department of Corrections)

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