Week ending Dec. 12, 2014

PROGRAMS

Inmates as conservationists? It could happen, University of Utah professor says by Annie Knox, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Before he started sluffing school, smoking weed and getting into meth, Jesse David liked learning why plants turn to face the sun. The 28-year-old Clearfield native is one of about 75 state prison inmates in a drug and alcohol treatment program who put aside dumbbells and free weights Tuesday evening to talk about trees and moss.”

UTAH CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES

Utah Correctional Industries achieves quality benchmark by Utah Department of Corrections (Facebook)

UCI

“After an 18-month effort, Utah Correctional Industries (UCI) has certified for the ISO 9001: 2008, the international standard for quality operations. UCI is a self-sustaining division of the Utah Department of Corrections that provides real-work opportunities for inmates. Dominic Townsend, vice president for the Americas for ABS Quality Evaluations, presented the certificate commemorating the achievement to UCI Director Alan James today.

The highly sought certification signifies safety, reliability and quality of products and services. UCI’s certification covers its administrative services, accounts payable, accounts receivable, delivery, finance, inmate payroll, marketing, purchasing, safety, warehouse, commissary, furniture design and development operations.

“At a time when the entire world is faced with many challenges, this is the moment for great institutions and organizations to separate themselves from their counterparts and guarantee the continuity of their service,” Townsend said. “This has truly been demonstrated by UCI based on the expanded scope of its activities within its ISO 9001 Certification. When I reviewed the scope of activities, it was very clear that every department of UCI was committed to the overall success of this certification, which is a tremendous milestone and a result of the core values of your institution, the dedication of your staff and the vision of your leadership team towards the achievement of this goal.”

PRISON RELOCATION

Rep.-elect Mia Love says new state prison ‘not warranted’ in her district by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“Rep.-elect Mia Love, R-Utah, added her voice Tuesday to the growing opposition to sites under consideration for a new state prison, telling lawmakers it’s ‘not warranted’ to include three potential locations in her district.”

Community Opposition to Prison Sites Will Likely Have Little Impact on Final Selection by Whittney Evans, KUER.org

“Communities throughout the Salt Lake valley are pleading with the Utah Prison Relocation Commission to remove them from the list of possible sites for the state prison. But public opposition probably won’t make much difference in the decision-making process.”

Tooele Valley Residents Protest Prison Relocation Site by Rick Aaron, Good4Utah

“Holding signs and chanting “No prison,” two dozen people voiced their opposition to the proposed Utah state prison site between Tooele and Grantsville Thursday.”

Tooele City Mayor objects to new prison site by Rick Aaron, Good4Utah

“More controversy is brewing after the state’s Prison Relocation Commission announced 6 potential prison sites. Those locations include two places in Salt Lake, one in Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs, Tooele, and West Jordan.”

Eagle Mountain to use taxpayer cash to fight prison plan by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Each of the six communities on the state’s list of potential prison sites have voiced their opposition, but this burgeoning Utah County community has brought its fight to the next level. The Eagle Mountain City Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday during an emergency meeting that authorizes the city to spend $50,000 in taxpayer money fighting a potential prison project.”

Eagle Mountain officials oppose prison; Saratoga Springs gets off state list by McKenzie Romero and Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“An overflow crowd opposing a proposed prison relocation site pledged to stand with the Eagle Mountain City Council as it adopted a resolution city officials hope will ward off the facility.”

Saratoga Springs works on development deal to keep state prison out of town by Caroline Connolly, Fox13

“There was only one item on the agenda at the Saratoga Springs city council meeting Tuesday night: how to keep a state prison out of the city.”

 OPINION

Lobby hire feeds suspicions on prison move by The Salt Lake Tribune

“Really? It’s come to this, a Utah city has to pay lobbyists to get the state to listen? The Eagle Mountain City Council is worried enough about the possibility of inmate neighbors that it has approved spending up to $50,000 to fight the relocation of the Utah State Prison near the city.”

State Prison does not belong in Utah County by Daily Herald

“We cannot imagine any site in Utah County that would be a viable location for the relocation of the Utah State Prison.”

Letter: Prison relocation funds by Richard Arnold, Taylorsville

Letter: Keep the Prison Central by Michael Robinson, Riverton

IN COURT

Carl’s Jr. robber gets prison time by Melinda Williams, The Davis Clipper

“A man who pleaded guilty to robbing a fast food restaurant in Bountiful [Jeremy Dool] sentenced to prison last week.”

Utah inmate seeks second chance to appeal 1994 fetal murder conviction by Jennifer Dobner, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A prison inmate who in 1994 was the first Utahn to be charged with murdering a fetus, is asking a state judge to give him a second chance to appeal his 18-year-old conviction. Calvin Shane Myers — who in July filed a hand-written petition in 3rd District Court seeking reinstatement of his right to appeal — did not appear in court for a Monday status conference.”

Prison too harsh punishment for 18-year-old gun thief? by Loretta Park, Standard Examiner

“An attorney is challenging an imprisonment recommendation for her client, who has pleaded no-contest to stealing 15 guns shortly after his 18th birthday. Laura Lui filed a motion Wednesday on behalf of Leandro Tomas Oberzan of Clinton. He had a sentencing hearing scheduled for Thursday before Judge Thomas L. Kay. It was continued until Dec. 18.”

MENTAL HEALTH

Mental Lockdown by Stephen Dark and Eric Peterson, Salt Lake City Weekly

“By the time Ryan Allison was 21, he had a few goals for his life. He wanted to be a chef, get married and have children. But he also faced some challenges. ‘I’ve never lived on my own,” he told a parole-hearing officer at the Utah State Prison. “I’ve never had a job in my life, I don’t know how to read directions.'”

 STORIES OF INTEREST

Herbert’s $14.3B budget proposal gives $500M to education by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News/KSL

“Gov. Gary Herbert proposed a new $14.3 billion state budget Thursday that provides $500 million for public and higher education, including the largest increase in funds going to local school districts in a quarter of a century.”

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