Week ending Dec. 19. 2014

PROGRAMS

Job skills, confidence on the menu in Utah prison culinary program by Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Trish LaRoque is proud — and a bit surprised — at what she has accomplished as an inmate at the Timpanogos women’s correctional facility. The 32-year-old mother of three said she had “never cooked a day in my life” before being sent to prison for theft. Now, after several months in a culinary-arts program, LaRoque understands food terms such as veloute and ganache; she has the skills to successfully make the basic white sauce and chocolate filling. She also can truss a bird, debone a chicken and make a cake from scratch. ‘This is the best thing that has ever happened to me,’ said LaRoque. ‘I’m actually envisioning my life now.'”

Bedtime 2

Incarcerated women record bedtime stories, messages for their children by Ashton Goodell, Fox13

“As the Christmas season approaches, volunteers are visiting female inmates to allow them to record a bedtime story or a message for their kids or grandchildren.”

PRISON RELOCATION

Opposition to prison relocation the focus of meeting in Tooele County by Robert Boyd, Fox13

“More than 200 people turned out at Grantsville High School Friday night to speak out against the state prison relocating to their community. ‘When people talk about Tooele County, I’ve heard it called the dumping grounds for anything not wanted in the state, so I feel a lot of that stuff is always being pushed on Tooele County, if we don’t want it, let’s send it out to Tooele County,’ resident Jodie Cook said.”

Salt Lake City prison sites could get hit by tsunami-like wave by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The ground shakes violently and then a wall of salty, brine-shrimp-laden water crashes into the Utah State Prison. The cells of the state’s most dangerous inmates start to flood. Panicked Corrections officers must make a tough choice — hope the waters recede or release murderers and rapists who may escape in the chaos.”

Majority of Utahns Oppose Moving State Prison by Bryan Schott, UtahPolicy.com

“A majority of Utahns oppose moving the Utah State Prison away from Draper. A new UtahPolicy.com poll conducted by Dan Jones and Associates finds 55% of Utahns oppose moving the prison while 36% favor moving the facility.”

Lawmakers receive new land offers to build new state prison on by Ali Monsen, Good4Utah (KTVX)

“While some property owners are withdrawing Utah State Prison applications, others are offering land right up. Lawmakers recently had to drop two of the six highly-ranked prospective prison locations, and some worry they are running out of options.”

SLC Council and Mayor Defiantly Oppose Prison Relocation in SLC by Eric S. Peterson, Salt Lake City Weekly

“A press conference at the Utah State Fairpark was packed with more than a hundred residents angry about the idea of the new state prison being relocated in their back yard.”

Drop West Jordan from potential prison sites list, property owner says by McKenzie Romero, KSL TV

“One of the five remaining sites proposed for relocating the Utah State Prison dropped off the list to jubilant cheers Monday night as property owners of a site being looked at in West Jordan pulled their lot from consideration.”

Plan to relocate prison to Salt Lake City ‘too much for our community,’ councilman says by Marjorie Cortez and McKenzie Romero, Deseret News

“Sophia White is taking her concerns about relocating the Utah State Prison to one of two sites in Salt Lake City to a higher authority.”

Commission has misgivings about Utah prison site finalists by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The Prison Relocation Commission finds itself in a bit of a conundrum. Key members strongly disagree with three of the six sites under consideration, all of them identified by consultants using criteria the commission approved.”

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Sen. Hillyard hopes to see prison reform with prison relocation by Jennie Christensen, Cache Valley Daily

“Not only does State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, see the need for a new prison location, he also sees a need for some prison reforms. He would like to see something statewide like Cache County has with alternate forms of sentencing.”

IN COURT

Man shot by Utah police inside Ogden restaurant charged with attempted murder by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A man who was shot and wounded by police inside an Ogden restaurant last month, allegedly fired first at the officers, according to charges filed this week. Leonard Russell Marion, 36, was charged in 2nd District Court with first-degree felony aggravated attempted murder for allegedly shooting at the officers.”

Utah teen who killed brothers to be evaluated for competency on new assault charge by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The Utah teen who murdered his two younger brothers will undergo a competency evaluation on a new assault case, an Ogden judge ordered Tuesday. Aza Ray Vidinhar, 16, is charged as an adult in Ogden’s 2nd District Court with third-degree felony assault by a prisoner, for allegedly assaulting another teen in a juvenile detention facility.”

Oberhansley now a death penalty case; speaks out: ‘All these charges are false’ by Gary Popp, News and Tribune

“A man accused of eating the organs of his ex-girlfriend after murdering her in September is now subject to death by lethal injection following a ruling by a Clark County judge Tuesday.”

Layton man sentenced to prison for shoplifting $3.39 in items by Loretta Park, Standard Examiner

“A 21-year-old Layton man who shoplifted $3.39 worth of merchandise was sentenced to serve up to five years at the Utah State Prison.”

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OPINION

Thumbs up, thumbs down by the Daily Herald

“Thumbs Down: The Utah Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission needs to take a serious look at its approach to finding a new location for the Utah State Prison. Of the options presented, none are viable. We wonder what the cost to taxpayers is going to be after the commission determines that the best location is the current location.”

In Our View: Relocating the state prison by The Spectrum

“However, all of the ruckus being raised by citizens on the Wasatch Front over who’s going to have to have this facility in their city is making us wonder if the Prison Relocation Commission is looking at sites too close to the major population centers in Utah.”

Letter: SLC is no place for prison by Ryan Curtis, The Salt Lake Tribune

Mayor Pengra: Prison location to Eagle Mountain doesn’t make sense for taxpayers 

“Eagle Mountain has been named as one of the top six sites for the prison relocation. If you are unfamiliar with the issues driving the prison relocation argument, I will provide a synopsis of the salient points, and potential plans.”

Letter: Right in development path by Brian Horrocks, Deseret News

NEWS OF INTEREST

REPORT: Utah ranked first in nation for volunteering

“On Wednesday, Gov. Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism announced the 2014 Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report ranked Utah as the No. 1 volunteering state in the nation for the ninth year running. The announcement was held in conjunction with release of the CNCS report. ‘The VCLA report reaffirms that we have wonderful people who call Utah home and that care about their neighbors,’ said Gov. Herbert. ‘Utahns proactively looking for opportunities to serve their community and help others save cost to government and to taxpayers. Their volunteer efforts pay significant dividends on many levels.'”

Judge dismisses suit on Okla. execution access by Tim Talley, Associated Press (at CorrectionsOne.com)

“A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by media organizations seeking greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates, ruling that the state’s death penalty protocols do not violate the First Amendment.”

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