Week ending Nov. 7, 2014


Opinion: Careful consideration of prison sites should include state’s current site, Deseret News

“It comes as little surprise that early mention of possible sites for relocating the Utah State Prison has prompted a less than enthusiastic reaction from the communities involved. While the identification of possible sites is admittedly premature, it foreshadows a critical stumbling block for the Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission, and raises the question as to whether moving the facility will indeed emerge as the proper course of action.”


Prison ordered for man who killed cousin in Uintah County by Geoff Liesik, Deseret News

“A Guatemalan national [Jose Leiva-Perez] who was in the United States illegally for the second time when he beat his cousin to death in Uintah County has been ordered to serve at least 15 years in prison.”

Zimmerman sentenced for murder by Tracie Sullivan, The Spectrum

“Nathan C. Zimmerman, 83, shot his 57-year-old stepdaughter, Janet Colleen Goode, in front of his Parowan home last July with a 20-gauge shotgun. His former wife, Georgia Zimmerman spoke in court Monday about preparing her daughter’s body for burial. After hearing emotional pleas from the victim’s family, 5th District Court Judge Keith Barnes sentenced Nathan Zimmerman to 15 years to life in the Utah State Prison and to pay $10,000 in restitution.”


GOP picks Greg Hughes as new House speaker by Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Rep. Greg Hughes was elected Thursday as the new speaker of the Utah House, promising to bring energy and transparency to the position and to be inclusive of all of the viewpoints in the body. ‘Being a House member and being able to be engaged in this is the honor of my life, and I’m just grateful to be here,’ Hughes said. ‘I don’t think it’s completely sunk in.’ Hughes, a Pittsburgh native who lives in Draper, was first elected to the House in 2002. He manages apartments and construction projects.”

California reduces penalty for lower-level crimes, Associated Press on News10 ABC

“California voters on Tuesday approved a ballot initiative that will reduce penalties for low-level drug and property crimes to save hundreds of millions of dollars in prison costs. Under Proposition 47, shoplifting, forgery, fraud, petty theft, and possession of small amounts of drugs including cocaine and heroin are among the offenses that will be treated as misdemeanors rather than felonies.”

Opinion: Inmates need better mental health treatments by Aaron Kinikini, legal director, Disability Law Center, Deseret News

“Ryan Allison, the Utah State Prison (USP) inmate who died on Saturday after diving headfirst into the floor of his cell, was a Disability Law Center (DLC) client. We communicated with him for more than two years. This is part of the rest of his story.”

Jails filleted out with wheelchairs, lifts and shower chairs to cope with surge in pensioner prisoners by Tom Payne, Manchester Evening News

“A rise in crimes committed by pensioners is forcing prisons to have wheelchairs, lifts and shower chairs installed for ageing inmates, the M.E.N. can reveal. Greater Manchester Police has arrested 3,811 over-65s since January 2009 – the third-highest in the UK at an average of 70 a month, according to figures revealed under Freedom of Information laws.”


Feds, probation agents arrest suspect who shot at them by Andreas Rivera, Standard-Examiner

“Federal agents assisted by Ogden police apprehended a fugitive [Lorenzo Puentes] who officers said shot at them while trying to escape custody Tuesday night. Ogden police responded to the area of Van Buren Avenue and 28th Street after U.S. marshals with the the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team approached a residence and the suspect shot a firearm at them.”


Ogden teen released from prison in surprise order by Pat Reavy and Mike Anderson, Deseret News

“‘Feels awesome’ is how 17-year-old Cooper Van Huizen described his newfound freedom Wednesday after he was released from the Utah State Prison. ‘Awesome to finally get out of incarceration and be back on my own, and back with my family.’ Van Huizen was 16 when he was convicted in adult court of two counts of second-degree felony robbery and was ordered to serve two concurrent terms of one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison.”

Imprisoned Utah teen robber gets parole after plea to graduate with his class by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“For 17-year-old Cooper Van Huizen, his senior year is a ‘big year.’  He is looking forward to graduating from high school, he told a parole board member Tuesday, and to walking in his cap and gown at his commencement to receive his diploma. And maybe he’ll get his wish. After the teen’s hearing before the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, the board decided to release Van Huizen on parole. He is scheduled to leave prison on Wednesday, said Brooke Adams, spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections.”



We are always looking for good people to join our organization. Here is the current list of job openings, which are posted at statejobs.utah.gov Please share!
— Accounting Technician (Draper)
— Correctional Officers (Draper and Gunnison)
— Licensed Clinical Therapist (Utah County)
— Office Specialist for AP&P (Cedar City)
— Registered Nurses (Draper and Gunnison)

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