Week ending April 26, 2015

PRISON RELOCATION

Prison move prompts Bluffdale, Tooele County to seek state takeover of pricey road projects by Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Moving the Utah State Prison could create some expensive new highway needs for a small city near the current prison and for another county that is an unwilling finalist for the relocated facility. Both Bluffdale and Tooele County are asking the state to take over two separate local road projects that they say may be needed more quickly and become more expensive because of the potential prison move.”

ANSWERS: Demographic effects — Possible Impacts of Constructing a Correctional Facility in Tooele County (from the Prison Relocation Commission)

ANSWERS: Potential Effects on Community Services from a Relocated Utah State Correctional Facility (from the Prison Relocation Commission)

UTAH STATE PRISON

Inmate death: U. of U. Health Care investigation reveals scheduling mix-up, delayed prison response by Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Utah State Prison nurses apparently did not try to contact a dialysis center for at least two days after the center’s dialysis tech began missing appointments at the prison in April — and then left a voice mail at the center on a Sunday, while the office was closed, according to an investigation into the death of 62-year-old prisoner Ramon Estrada.”

Utah prison inmate death ruled a homicide by Pat Reavy, Deseret News

“UTAH STATE PRISON — The death of a Utah State Prison inmate following a fight with another inmate has been ruled a homicide by the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office.”

IN COURT

Man who made vehicle theft a business gets consecutive sentences by Loretta Park, Standard Examiner

“A judge said the criminal conduct of a man who was on parole is one of the reasons the man will serve consecutive sentences instead of concurrent. Judge Robert Dale sentenced Jake Lee Padilla Jr., 31, on Thursday to serve up to 5 years at the Utah State Prison for five third-degree felonies, which he had pleaded guilty to in October.”

Trial to begin this week for Utah teen charged as accomplice in deputy’s death by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The stakes are high for 18-year-old Meagan Dakota Grunwald. If, at the end of a two-week trial set to begin Tuesday , the teenager is convicted of crimes that include aggravated murder, she could be sentenced to prison for up to life.”

Court Report by the Park Record

Killing of 6 babies described during sentencing of Utah mom who pleaded guilty to murders, by Caroline Connolly, Fox 13

“Over the course of two hours, the murders of six newborn babies were described in graphic detail inside a Provo courtroom. Four were suffocated, two were strangled and then all were stuffed inside boxes in the very house the killer, their mother, lived.”

North Logan man sentenced to prison for sexually abusing teenager by Will Feelright, Cache Valley Daily

“A 51-year-old North Logan man who was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy has been sentenced to prison.”

OPINION

Prison reform requires a new prison by Legislative members of the Prison Relocation Commission, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Nearly everywhere we go, we’re asked why we need to move the Utah State Correctional Facility from Draper and build a modern replacement elsewhere. Gov. Gary Herbert and the Legislature made the decision to move the prison in early 2014, and the Prison Relocation Commission has been working to identify a new location for a year. But the reasons we need a new facility in a different location may not be widely understood.”

U.S. Prison populations have dropped, but we still have lessons to learn from other countries, Deseret News

“The United States’ prison population dropped last year for the first time in decades, the beginning of what we hope is a trend that will eventually see America’s rates of incarceration and recidivism at levels comparable to most other nations.”

UTAH BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLE

Teacher convicted in sex abuse of student denied parole by Pat Reavy, KSL.com

“A former Kaysville teacher and basketball coach convicted of sexually abusing one of his students will not get another chance at parole for another nine years.”

Martin MacNeill won’t get a parole hearing until 2052 by Ben Winslow, Fox 13

“A Utah County doctor convicted of killing his wife will not get his first parole hearing for decades.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

S. C. lawmaker proposes firing squads to deal with lethal drug shortage by Cynthia Roldan,  The Post and Courier

“COLUMBIA — South Carolina could become the third state in which condemned inmates could opt to face a firing squad, under a proposal by an Upstate lawmaker.”

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Promoting faith and hope through musicWewitnessmusic

“For one inmate, the performance put on by the We Witness Music choir at the Utah State Prison on Sunday was like getting to visit “a little bit of heaven.”

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