Week ending Oct. 31, 2014

PRISON RELOCATION

Prison relocation process slows down by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“The Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission may have been ‘premature’ in announcing last week that four sites were on the shortlist to replace the aging Utah State Prison in Draper.”

Prison relocation planning bears setback by Ali Monsen, Good4Utah

“The people determining the Utah State Prison’s fate are taking a step back. A commission is reassessing 26 potential prison sites, after announcing they had four predominant possibilities last week. You would probably never guess that the quiet Harvest Hills neighborhood of Saratoga Springs would ever develop into a prison community. People who live there are learning it is a viable possibility, and they are not happy about that.”

OPINION: Prison Relocation: No News is Good News but Good News is Even Better! by Anna Brower, ACLU of Utah

“Many folks who turned out for the Prison Relocation Commission’s most recent meeting on October 22 were likely disappointed, because the big news that they were hoping for never came.”

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Students pick pumpkins grown by inmates by Deseret News

“Jordan Valley School students got into the spirit of fall Tuesday by picking pumpkins — which were grown and decorated by inmates at the Utah State Prison. Students with disabilities at the Canyons District school will participate in the annual tradition, which involves teachers and parent volunteers in the pumpkin-plucking event.”

SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT

Excell graduates set sights on future by Heidi Hatch, KUTV 2

“It was graduation day for 28 women at the Utah State Prison on Wednesday. there were tears, hugs and loud cheers from those watching. The graduation was not for school but for the Excell program where incarcerated graduates can declare themselves drug free.”

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Drug treatment professionals share experiences at training by C. J. McManus, Sun Advocate

“With more than 60 individuals participating in the felony and family drug court programs in Carbon County, the program continues to evolve and mature. With jails and prisons at or above capacity across the United States, corrections and law enforcement officers have put the court at the heart of an ever changing penal system whose goal revolves around treatment rather than incarceration.”

UTAH STATE PRISON

Utah prison inmate dies after jump from sink fixture by The Salt Lake Tribune

“An inmate died Saturday after jumping head first from a fixture in his cell at the Utah State Prison in Draper. Officers observed Ryan P. Allison, 22, banging his head on the concrete floor at about 7:30 a.m. and were preparing to enter the cell when Allison dove head first from a sink/toilet fixture, according to the prison’s public information officer, Brooke Adams.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

OPINION: Utah’s jobs program for offenders is seeing substantial results by Henri Sisneros, criminal lawyer, Deseret News

“Can one good person change the world, or is this notion quixotic? Can an idea planted in the mind of a determined individual flower and in blooming become a movement?”

ON FACEBOOK

Con-Quest Thriller by Utah Department of Corrections

“Every other week, inmates participating in the Con-Quest substance abuse residential program gather in their dorms for a short support meeting and chant. The meetings are designed to get Con-Quest participants to recommit themselves to the substance abuse program goals and to show community pride, teamwork, self-discipline and creativity. Here is what one dorm did last week.”

IN COURT

Roy man serving two life sentences for sex with underage girls by Loretta Park, Standard Examiner

“A Roy man who admitted to police to having sex with at least two underage girls is serving two life sentences at the Utah State Prison. Shane Leuenburger Brakke, 38, was sentenced on Monday to serve three years to life at the prison. Judge Michael Allphin in 2nd District Court ordered the sentence run concurrent with a sentence Brakke is currently serving out of Weber County.”

ON TWITTER (@UtahCorrections)

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