Week ending Sept. 12, 2014

IN COURT

Utah prison inmate charged in kidnapping-for-hire plot by Geoff Liesik, Deseret News

“A Utah prison inmate serving her sentence in the Wasatch County Jail made repeated attempts to hire someone to assault her ex-boyfriend and kidnap his children, according to  investigators.”

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Ecumenical gathering urges adding voices to prison reform by Marie Mischel, Intermountain Catholic

“More than two dozen people from across the spectrum of Utah’s faith communities gathered on a Saturday morning to discuss ways that their congregations could help address criminal justice concerns in their communities.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Utah man who killed his girlfriend may have killed again by Brian Carlson, KTVX 4

“A former Utah man [Joseph Oberhansley] who admitted to killing his girlfriend may have done it again. He was just arrested in Indiana for what appears to be gruesome murder.”

Family of man shot in court wants courtroom video by The Associated Press (via Daily Herald)

“The family of a defendant shot and killed during a federal court trial in Salt Lake City plans to seek courtroom video of the incident.”

Panel endorses firing squad for capital cases by Ben Neary, The Associated Press (San Francisco Chronicle)

“The Wyoming Department of Corrections should be able to employ a firing squad to execute condemned inmates if the state can’t find the drugs to carry out lethal injections, a legislative committee voted Friday.”

New ADOC position aims to improve culture for women by Kala Kachmar, Montgomery Advertiser

“Scathing reports, lawsuits and a whirlwind of media attention surrounding the treatment of female inmates in the past few years has forced the Alabama Department of Corrections to try to improve conditions for incarcerated women.”

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