Week ending Aug. 22, 2014

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Executive Director Rollin Cook and Ron Gordon, executive director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, appeared on the Aug. 19 #TribTalk to discuss criminal justice reform and prison relocation. Here is the link to the show.

Opinion: Get the nonviolent mentally ill out of our prisons by Mary Jo McMillen and Jamie Justice, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Utah and the Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) are longtime advocates for individuals and families who struggle with mental illness and/or substance use disorders.”

Salt Lake County wants to keep inmates from bouncing back to jail by Harry Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Salt Lake County has enlisted experts to undertake a yearlong study of the county’s criminal justice system. The data-driven study will support Salt Lake County’s efforts to reduce recidivism and better manage inmates suffering from mental illness and drug addiction.”

BOARD OF PARDONS & PAROLE

Opinion: Board of Pardons and Parole needs support, attention and reform by Kent Hart and Anna Brower, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The Tribune recently reported on Utah’s “Justice Reinvestment” effort, undertaken with support from the Pew Public Safety Performance Project. These reports mention reforms that, if adopted, could reduce Utah’s prison population: tweaking sentencing guidelines, improving community supervision practices, and ensuring that “evidence-based practices” are used by judges, agents and counselors.”

IN COURT

Judge gives mom 1-15 years for accidentally killing son with Methadone by Ashton Edwards, Fox13 Now

“A judge is sending the Tooele mother who accidentally killed her 2-year-old son with a fatal dose of Methadone to prison. Jill Goff will serve one to 15 years behind bars at the Utah State Prison.”

North Ogden woman sent to prison in drug-related death of baby sitter by Wendy Leonard, Deseret News

“An apologetic Dea Millerberg will serve up to five years in prison for her involvement in the death of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen, despite the changes she has made in her life since the drug-related incident in 2011.”

Haynes welcomes prison term so he can get treatment by Loretta Park, Standard Examiner

“A 30-year-old man said he is thankful he is heading to prison to get treatment for his drug addiction. ‘I’m thankful God put me in this position and I’m ready to get treatment,’ said Hunter Daniel Haynes at his sentencing hearing Thursday in 2nd District Court.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

30-year-journey: Mom wants lost son’s remains from Utah by Harry Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Mary Hagadus is eager for her son’s remains to be returned to her in Michigan by the end of the month. In September, Mary is scheduled to undergo radiation treatment for breast cancer, and she wants to have the memorial service before then.”

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