Week ending Jan. 9, 2015


Tooele, Grantsville leaders sign resolutions opposing proposed prison site by McKenzie Romero, Deseret News

“Officials from two cities near a Tooele County site being considered to relocate the Utah State Prison signed resolutions Wednesday opposing the move.”

New bill would allow Utah State Prison to stay in Draper by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Deeply frustrated that the Prison Relocation Commission continues to consider a prime piece of Tooele County, state Rep. Merrill Nelson has crafted a bill that would make it easier to keep the prison in Draper.”

PRC Narrows Prison Site Alternatives, Prison Relocation Commission newsletter issued Jan. 5, 2015


Millville woman gets prison time for role in crash that killed Caffe Ibis co-founder by Amy Macavinta, The Herald Journal

“A Millville woman was sent to prison for up to five years for her role in a DUI crash that killed well-known local businessman Randy Wirth and injured two others.”

Prison time for Utah man who shot and injured wife by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A Huntington man [Chad Robert Snyder] who shot and injured his wife in June 2014 has been sentenced to spend up to 20 years in prison.

Sentencing report, Daily Herald

Davis Co. Attorney wants convicted child killer to die in prison by Ben Winslow, Fox 13

“In a letter to the state parole board, Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings asks for convicted child-killer Stephanie Sloop to die in prison.”


Our View: Sloop should spend life in prison, Standard Examiner

“Stephanie Sloop should never get out of prison. This we can agree on with Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings.”

Prison is little-town thinking by John Florez, Deseret News

“The Utah Legislature reminds me of the story of how the city fathers of a little town, located at the bottom of a hill with a long winding road, solved the problem of the many accidents caused by cars going off the road.”

My view: Tooele County unsuitable for prison by Eric Johnsen and Susan Johnsen, Deseret News

“During the Prison Relocation Commission (PRC) meeting Dec. 22 in the State Senate Room, Rep. Greg Hughes threatened that the prison relocation process could go ahead without any public input … but due to the importance of the process, the committee is graciously allowing the public to participate.”


Ogden mother who murdered toddler in 1994 up for parole by Pat Reavy, KSL.com

“Ten years ago, members of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole used words like “cold,” “matter-of-fact,” “callous” and “indifferent” to describe Shelly Flemal.”


The Pennsylvania prison system will stop putting mentally ill inmates in solitary by Mark Berman, The Washington Post

“The Pennsylvania prison system will stop putting inmates with serious mental illnesses in solitary confinement, instead moving them to special treatment units that allow them more time outside their cells.”

Science Has Discovered Your Dog Could Be the Greatest Therapist of All by Theresa Fisher, Science.MIC

“Sophie May, a 5-year-old German shepherd, has a more tightly packed workweek than your average family pet.”

Criminal Justice Reform Will Be ‘Centerpiece’ of Congressional Black Caucus Agenda in 2015 by Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Reason.com

“This week, North Caroline Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D) was sworn in as the new chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), welcoming with him five new members — all women, on Republican — to the 46-member caucus. In his swearing-in remarks, Butterfield pledged that criminal justice reform — including sentencing reform and addressing police brutality — will be a “centerpiece” of the group’s work in 2015.”

Despite Living Behind Bars, These Moms Read Nightly Bedtime Stories to Their Children, by Courtney Subramanian, NationSwell

“In Utah’s State Prison, almost half of the 700 women currently incarcerated have children, according to Department of Corrections data.”

Texas inmates build homes for local families by Allan Turner, Houston Chronicle (in Correctionsone.com)

“Electric saws buzzed; hammers pounded. There was little to suggest much was special about the one-story brick house rising from a vacant lot on Houston’s northeast side. The guys doing the building looked pretty ordinary, too. But if you dismissed this house on Laura Koppe Road as just another house, these workers as just another construction gang, you’d be mistaken.”

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