Week ending Oct. 24, 2014


Commission not ready to announce top sites for prison relocation by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“The Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission wasn’t ready Wednesday to reveal the four top sites for a new facility to replace the aging Utah State Prison at the Point of the Mountain.”

Panel narrows list of possible sites for new Utah state prison to 4; Will name soon by Michelle L. Price, Associated Press

“State officials said Wednesday they’re eying four northern Utah locations that could be home to a new state prison, but they’re not ready to name the sites, yet.”

Source: Utah State Prison Could Move to Site Near Salt Lake International Airport; Tooele Site Out of the Running by Bob Bernick, UtahPolicy.com

“One of the top sites for a new $450 million state prison is out by the Salt Lake City International Airport, UtahPolicy has been told. Prison Relocation Commission co-chair Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, declined to confirm that is one of the four sites that received the highest numerical scores in the commission’s exhaustive search process.”

Herbert: On Prison Relocation by Bob Bernick, UtahPolicy.com

“He believes the old Utah State Prison at the Point of the Mountain should be moved. He hasn’t been briefed on the four locations recently whittled down by the Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission.” (See end of article)

Here is an overview of the process for developing an operational and architectural program for the new prison provided by consultants to the Prison Relocation Commission on Wednesday.

Calendar: The next meeting of the Prison Relocation Commission is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 15, in Room 30 of the House Building.


Ron Gordon, director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, presented this report to the Prison Relocation Commission on Wednesday. It details criminal justice reform proposals.



Prison pumpkin patch produces smiles: The great pumpkin patch at the Utah State Prison has once again produced a bumper crop of pumpkins — more than 2,000 — for children with significant multiple disabilities and at-risk and hospitalized children. Correctional officers delivered a truckload of pumpkins to 187 students at the Kauri Sue Hamilton School in Riverton on Thursday. Next Tuesday, officers will take another truckload of 100 pumpkins to Jordan Valley School in Midvale. (Utah Department of Corrections)


Cedar City man shot, killed during domestic dispute by Bob Mims, The Salt Lake Tribune

“An apparent domestic dispute escalated to gunfire, leaving a 45-year-old Cedar City man dead and his self-confessed shooter — an ex-con [Angelo Seth Carrasco] — behind bars.”

St. George man pleads guilty, sentenced for 2013 murder by Deseret News

“A St. George man [Mario Lucero] pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday and was sentenced to prison the same day.”

Utah man sentenced to prison for murder by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A 25-year-old Vernal man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for killing another man — a slaying for which the motive remains a mystery. Jesse Anthony Saenz was convicted by a jury in August of fatally shooting 24-year-old Elvis Zachary Olsen in a grassy field near Fort Duchesne on April 11 of last year.”

Family of slain 92-year-old asks board to keep ‘evil animal’ behind bars by Pat Reavy, Deseret News

“Stephen Ellenwood, 41, won’t go before the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole until 34 years from now, in 2048. But instead of waiting until then, family members of the 92-year-old woman whom Ellenwood raped and brutally beat, resulting in her death a couple of days later, were allowed to explain to the board why they believe Ellenwood should never be allowed out of prison.”

Utah inmate dies after he is found hanging in his cell by The Salt Lake Tribune

“An inmate at the Utah State Prison in Draper died Saturday, a day after he [Allen Earl Davies] was found hanging in his cell.”


Opinion: Dropout face high risk of personal, social problems by Deseret News

“New research by the University of Utah underscores the importance of policies in the public education system aimed at helping at-risk students avoid dropping out before they get a high school diploma. Research by the College of Law found that failure to graduate is a precursor to larger personal and social problems, including a higher rate of criminal activity.”

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