Week ending Dec. 5, 2014


Mayor says West Jordan ‘not the place’ for state prison by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“Officials from West Jordan, joined by leaders from neighboring communities, expressed their concerns Friday about a proposed site for a new prison not far from the middle school parking lot where they were gathered.”

Six potential Utah prison sites unveiled by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The Utah Prison Relocation Commission identified six sites on Wednesday that it believes could house a new state prison and requested that each undergo a thorough review. The list includes two sites in Salt Lake City and two sites near Saratoga Springs that have already faced opposition.”

Politically connected among owners of prison-site prospects by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The owners of the six pieces of land under consideration to house a new Utah state prison are a diverse group ranging from one of the state’s most prominent families to a mining behemoth.”

Utah lawmakers tasked with moving a prison no one seems to want by Caroline Connolly, Fox13

” Where do you move an entire prison that no one seems to want? That’s the issue a group of lawmakers is facing right now. The State Prison Relocation Commission announced their short list for possible new homes to the Utah State Prison, and they were met with pushback immediately.”

Mayor Becker: Potential SLC prison sites ‘wholly inappropriate’ by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker asked the state Prison Relocation Commission to stop considering sites within the city for a new state prison, calling the two properties identified “wholly inappropriate” for the project.”

You can read the site selection documents released by MGT of America, the consultant to the Prison Relocation Commission, at this link.


Jailed Utahns need more seamless health care options; Healthy Utah plan may be key by Wendy Leonard, Deseret News

“On the heels of proposed prison reforms by the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, stakeholders met on Wednesday to discuss avenues to get incarcerated Utahns the mental and medical care they need upon release.”


Utah killer will have to wait until 2046 for parole hearing by Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A Vernal man serving a 15-years-to-life prison term for killing an acquaintance will have a long wait for a parole hearing. The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has set a July 2046 hearing for Jesse Anthony Saenz, who will be 56 by then.”


Policy dilemma — how to handle prison issues with large number of sex offenders? by Deseret News

“The numbers are often repeated in discussions about sexual assault, but they never become less shocking. One out of three women in Utah will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime; one out of eight will be raped.”

Opportunity to meet Christ in person by Jean Hill, Intermountain Catholic

“Imagine, for just a moment, that you are a female inmate at the Utah State Prison. If you’re like 90 percent of the others, you lived in poverty before you were incarcerated.”


Food bank

Agents from our Adult Probation and Parole Region 4 office in Provo spent time at the Community Food Bank in Provo this week, delivering food items and helping to sort food and stock shelves.


‘Family man’ gets prison for Bountiful Carl’s Jr. holdup by Loretta Park, Standard Examiner

“A 30-year-old man who robbed Carl’s Jr. with a 9 mm handgun said he was not a criminal. ‘I’m not a criminal. I’m not a gang member,’ said Jeremy Joseph Dool at his sentencing hearing Wednesday. ‘I’m a family man, who was trying to take care of my family. All I need is a chance.'”

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