Week ending Aug. 1, 2014

UTAH BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLE

New chairperson appointed to Utah parole board by The Salt Lake Tribune

“Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Angela Micklos as chair of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, replacing outgoing chair Clark Harms.”

IN COURT

Man ordered to stand trial in Utah teen’s 1995 death by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“After two days of testimony, a judge ordered a man accused of killing a teenage girl nearly 20 years ago near Heber to stand trial on homicide charges. Joseph Michael Simpson, 47, is charged in Wasatch County’s 4th District Court with aggravated murder, a first-degree felony.”

 STORIES OF INTEREST

Graduating to a life without drugs by Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A year ago, Daniel had spun a fragile cocoon of heroin. … But as he graduated from a pilot class of a new drug court on Monday night, Daniel — not his real name — said he now has the tools not only to stay clean, but to avoid the isolated lifestyle that created the dependency in the first place.”

3 persons of interest held in death of Helper man by Pat Reavey, Deseret News

“An autopsy was being conducted Wednesday to determine how a Helper man [Brian William Swink] found in the basement of a burning drug house died.”

UHP: Bizarre chase over 2 freeways, 2 counties by Bob Mims, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A 50-year-old man was hospitalized in serious condition Wednesday, the day after his veering car led Utah Highway Patrol troopers on a bizarre chase stretching over two freeways and two counties. About 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, a Utah Department of Corrections officer spotted the man’s 2005 Dodge Neon driving erratically northbound on 2700 West near 4100 South in Salt Lake County.”

Millard County man rams 4 patrol cars, officers shoot suspect in defense by Ashton Edwards, Fox 13 Now

“Officers said they were forced to shoot a man they say rammed numerous patrol cars and tried to hit a deputy in Millard County. The Millard County Sheriff’s office said deputies and a Utah Adult Probation and Parole agent were trying to pick up 42-year-old Oak City resident George Finlinson Tuesday evening.”

Drone Carrying Drugs And Phones Crashes Outside South Carolina Prison by Alyssa Newcomb and Austin Mullin, Good Morning America

“No, it’s not a plot line from an episode of “Orange Is the New Black.” A crashed drone carrying contraband, including marijuana, tobacco and cell phones, was found outside the razor wire fence at a maximum security prison in South Carolina.”

Holder: Data-driven prison sentencing ‘unfair’ to minorities by Renee Lewis, Aljazeera America

“Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday expressed concern about the fairness of judges who rely on big data to sentence criminal defendants, saying the use of such “risk assessments” in several states could exacerbate racial disparities among the prison population.”

REPORTS/STUDIES OF INTEREST

State Prison Health Care Spending by Pew Charitable Trusts

“This report finds that state spending on prisoner health care increased from fiscal 2007 to 2011, but began trending downward from its peak in 2009.”

The Rise in Prison Inmates Released Without Supervision by Pew Charitable Trusts

“More than 1 in 5 state inmates maxed out their prison terms and were released to their communities without any supervision in 2012, undermining efforts to reduce reoffending rates and improve public safety.”

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