Week ending Aug. 29, 2014

UTAH STATE PRISON

Inmates run a 5K as part of a new substance abuse program at the prison by Amy Donaldson, Deseret News

“After a lifetime of running away from things, Kurtis Hunsaker believes he’s finally found a reason to run toward life’s toughest challenges. The 26-year-old Price native ran 16 laps around a dirt track at the Utah State Prison’s Promontory facility Thursday morning in an effort to make substantial and lasting change in his life.”

New program helps inmates cope with addiction by KUTV Channel 2

“The Utah State Prison in Draper hosted a first of its kind event to give inmates a new high. Many who spend time behind bars get there as a result of addictive behaviors including drug and alcohol abuse. A program called Addict to Athlete is trying to change their mindset and give those involved a new way to feel on top of the world.”

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Opinion: Let’s reserve costly prison beds for dangerous offenders by Derek Monson (policy director, Sutherland Institute) and Grover Norquist (president of Americans for Tax Reform), Deseret News

“As the economy continues to sputter, Utah should continue to heed the practical wisdom of the frugal family and tighten its belt. There can be no sacred cows in the budget. One area of spending that has traditionally been “off limits” for cuts — the prison system — can no longer escape examination.”

SENTENCING

Invisible Man by Colby Frazier, Salt Lake City Weekly

“For the past 15 years, Rolf Kaestel has sat behind bars in the Utah State Prison, invisible to those who put him there and a mystery of sort to those who store him.”

FACEBOOK

Region V Adult Probation & Parole employees spent the morning at the Iron County Care & Share Homeless Shelter in Cedar City building garden boxes for the shelter’s community garden. The boxes will allow the shelter to double the garden next year. Staff brought their own tools, while an anonymous donor contributed the wood and other materials needed to build seven garden boxes. Staff also weeded the existing garden. Now that’s positive change in action! (Utah Department of Corrections)

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