Week ending July 18, 2014


With possible prison relocation as impetus, Gunnison and CUCF discuss relationship by John Hales, Sanpete Messenger

“In one way, things in Gunnison now are a lot like they were a little more than 25 years ago. Then, as now, the state was developing and proceeding with plans relating to the then-unbuilt Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF).”

Pathway to ‘Silicon Slopes’ leads through relocation of state prison in Draper, Deseret News editorial

“In 1951, when the Utah State Penitentiary was moved from the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City to its current location in Draper, it seemed a lot further away than it is today.”


A better way than filling jails with nonviolent offenders by Kirk L. Jowers, opinion article, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Across the nation, policymakers are revising age-old approaches to incarceration. In the last five years, 26 states have reduced crime rates and prisoners behind bars, saving billions of  taxpayer dollars without compromising public safety. The consensus of decades past — that more prisons, and prisoners, mean less crime — has shifted to embrace a better, data-driven way of keeping out streets safe. Unfortunately, Utah’s criminal justice system is falling behind.”


Neighbor watch shooter to go free next week by Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune

A Bluffdale man [Reginald Campos] convicted of shooting a fellow neighborhood watch advocate will be released from prison on Tuesday as scheduled, the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has decided.

Neighborhood watch shooter could be released from prison next week by Ben Winslow, Fox 13

“Reggie Campos, who shot and paralyzed another man during a neighborhood watch confrontation in Bluffdale, could be released from prison as early as next week.”


Sentencing in 2011 federal fraud case is delayed by Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune 

“Three years after his conviction in a mortgage fraud scheme, Jamis Melwood Johnson has won another delay in his  sentencing on 27 federal charges.”

Utah woman sent to prison for killing daughter by Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A West Jordan woman [Mary Ethyl Hansen] who shot and killed her 18-year-old daughter and then turned the gun on herself was sentenced Tuesday to prison for up to 30 years.”


Rally protests prison sentence for 16-year-old Utah boy by Harry Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune

“About two dozen people rallied Wednesday morning in front of the Capitol to protest a prison sentence imposed on 16-year-old Cooper Van Huizen.”

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