Week ending Aug. 8, 2014


Why the Hepatitis Cure Sovaldi is a Budgetary Disaster for Prisons by Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times

“Prisoners, unlike most Americans, have a constitutional right to medical care. That is why the introduction of an expensive new drug to treat hepatitis C is forcing prison administrators to begin wrestling with a big dilemma — save their budgets or treat their inmates.”


Parole officers’ new focus: more hand holding, less handcuffing by Marissa Lang, The Salt Lake Tribune (Also appeared online at San Francisco Chronicle)

“She told them to drop in anytime, so Adult Probation & Parole agents Nathan Griffiths and Chris Moore arrived unannounced in an unmarked car that they parked down the road.”

Utah prison review aims to find new approach by Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune

“With a recidivism rate above the national average and a prison population excepted to grow by some 2,700 inmates during the next two decades, Gov. Gary Herbert and other state leaders are in the midst of a ground-up review of Utah’s corrections policy.”

State looks to control prison costs by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“A study underway that’s expected to offer proposed legislation to curb increases in incarcerations is being closely watched by lawmakers working to come up with a location for a new state prison.”


Sentencing report from The Pyramid (Daily Herald)

Utah man who caused deadly, fiery crash sentenced to prison by Harry Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune

“In a few hours, the man [Shane Roy Gillette] who killed her 26-year-old daughter would be sentenced in 3rd District Court, but as she waited outside the court room before the sentencing Monday, Mary Waters wore a mask of composure.”


On Saturday morning, about 20 residents of the Fortitude Treatment Center in Salt Lake City volunteered to give a nearby home a paint makeover as part of NeighborWorks Salt Lake‘s Paint Your Heart Out event. The crew chipped away old paint, fortified shingles and, with rollers and brushes in hand, transformed the home’s faded exterior to a new apricot hue. The Fortitude Treatment Center is a “halfway back” residential program that helps struggling parolees get back on track and avoid returning to prison. Service projects such as this one provide offenders with a way to give back to the community. (Utah Department of Corrections)

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