Week ending Oct. 10, 2014


Report: 1 in 3 Utah inmates is a high school dropout by Annie Knox, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The more high school dropouts a state has, the more convicts in its prisons, according to a review from University of Utah law students. And minority students or those whose first language isn’t English are more likely to quit before graduating.”

This link will take you to the report “From Fingerpaint to Fingerprints: The School-to-Prison Pipeline in Utah.” 


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Residents of the Con-Quest program at the Utah State Prison are paying it forward with banners for local high school sports teams. (Utah Department of Corrections)


Sentencing delay upsets sex abuse victim’s attorney by Loretta Park, Standard Examiner

“A presentence report did not arrive in a timely fashion so the sentencing hearing for a man who admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl has been continued.”

Salem man sentenced to 15 to life for murdering wife by Kurt Hanson, Daily Herald

“A Utah County judge sentenced a Salem man [Tracy Scott] Tuesday to 15 years to life in the Utah State Prison for the murder of his wife.”

Cache Valley man gets year in jail for breaking infant son’s leg by Amy Macavinta, Herald Journal

“A father [Sean Paul Richmond] who plead guilty to charges of forcibly breaking his infant son’s leg will serve one year in the Cache County Jail.”

Judge: Sexual abuse victim suffering because ‘she reported it’ by Loretta Park, Standard Examiner

“Deputy Davis County Attorney Cristina Ortega’s voice broke as she spoke about the victim — a child — who was not in the courtroom during the sentencing hearing of Gary Ellis Hamblin.”


Hearing officer argues against termination of parole by Tracie Sullivan, The Spectrum

“While the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole recently ruled to terminate Ambree Blackner’s 2008 sentence, it wasn’t exactly with the blessing of the hearing officer over her case.”

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