Week ending Sept. 5, 2014

UTAH DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Prison ends wild horse program; BLM must remove 1100 animals by Marissa Lang, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has 30 days to move more than 1,100 wild horses out of state after the Utah Department of Corrections terminated its Wild Horse & Burro Program, ending a seven-year partnership with the federal agency.”

Gunnison prison wild horse program suspended by Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News

“Disagreement over the costs associated with a wild horse gentling program at the Gunnison prison has led to its suspension, and efforts are underway to find a place for 1,500 horses.”

PRISON RELOCATION

25 possible sites identified for Utah’s new prison by Marissa Lang, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Lawmakers and criminal justice leaders have narrowed down where they’d like to see Utah’s new prison — to a list of 25 possible sites scattered throughout six counties.”

State still seeking potential sites for new prison by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“So far, more than 25 sites have been proposed for a new state prison, but now that a legislative committee has decided what’s important, the list is expected to grow.”

SENTENCING

Prosecutors to seek death penalty in cellmate killing by Emiley Morgan, Deseret News

“Prosecutors have filed notice that they intend to seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing his cellmate in prison. Steven Crutcher, 33, is facing a single count of aggravated murder, a capital offense, in the death of Rolando Cardona-Gueton, 62, who was found dead in his cell at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison on April 20, 2013.”

Man receives prison time in assault case involving domestic violence by Rudy Herndon, The Times-Independent (Moab)

“A man [James Paul Ford] who assaulted the mother of his children at knifepoint — and then repeatedly threatened to kill her — is hoping that some time in prison will help him turn his life around, according to his attorney.”

Man sentenced to prison in abuse case by Rudy Herndon, The Times-Independent (Moab)

“A Moab man [Frank Joseph Jese] who had inappropriate contact with an underage girl on multiple occasions was sentenced Aug. 25 in Monticello to one to 15 years in state prison.”

BOARD OF PARDONS

Orem killer says prison has taught him about coping, consequences by Pat Reavy, Deseret News

“A man sentenced to prison nearly 20 years ago for setting his roommate on fire, killing him, had his first parole hearing in more than 15 years this week. Scott Austin Causey, 41, was found guilty but mentally ill in 1995 of murder and aggravated arson and was sentenced to two consecutive terms of five years to life.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Hispanics too often put in private prisons, OSU study finds by Bryan Denson, The Oregonian

“A recent Oregon State University study shows that Hispanics are overrepresented in America’s private prisons and that (non-Hispanic) whites are underrepresented.”

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