Week ending May 3, 2015

CORRECTIONS WEEK 2015

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The first full week of May is designated as National Corrections Week. It was first recognized by President Reagan back in 1984. Please take some time this week to thank these selfless and dedicated public safety professionals. They are often forgotten, but constantly strive to serve their community in ways few have the courage to do. Unfortunately, the public doesn’t hear enough great things about these heroes, but I will be the first to testify they are of uncommon valor and integrity! Take some time and recognize them this week. I know I sure will! — Executive Director Rollin Cook

PRISON RELOCATION COMMISSION

Open houses on prison relocation announced by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“The Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission is holding open houses in Salt Lake City, Grantsville and Eagle Mountain to answer questions about the five potential sites for a new state prison.”

Slight Majority of Salt Lake City Residents Don’t Want Prison Relocated There by Bryan Schott, Utah Policy

“A slight majority of Salt Lake City residents do not want the Utah State Prison relocated to the northwest quadrant of the city near the airport. A new UtahPolicy.com survey finds 55% of residents in the city oppose moving the prison to that location. About a third favor moving the facility while 13% say they don’t know.”

Prison Relocation Commission Schedules Open Houses/Panel Discussions

The Prison Relocation Commission is sponsoring three open house/Q&A panel discussions in coming weeks to give community members an opportunity to learn more about the relocation of the Utah State Prison.

The format at each event will be the same.

4 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Informational Open House.
Representatives from the Utah Department of Corrections, the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, MGT of America consultant team and PRC support staff will be available to discuss the proposed project and share information.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Q&A Panel Session
A moderated discussion with panelists responding to questions submitted by community members in attendance.

The dates, locations and times are:

• Salt Lake County
Promontory Hall at the Utah State Fairpark
155 N. 1000 West, Salt Lake City
Wednesday, May 20, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Tooele County
Grantsville High School
155 E. Cherry Street, Grantsville
Thursday, May 28, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Utah County
Frontier Middle School
1427 Mid Valley Road, Eagle Mountain
Tuesday, June 2, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

OPINION

Letter: Tarnished town by Woneva Myers, Lehi, in the Deseret News

Letter: Don’t wait 30 years to build bridge across Utah Lake by J. Humble, West Haven, in The Salt Lake Tribune

UTAH STATE PRISON

Separate inmate assaults prompt prison lockdown in Utah, The Associated Press 

“Separate inmate assaults prompted a lockdown Saturday morning of a portion of the Utah State Prison in Draper.”

5K race allows inmates to enjoy athletic success as they try to change bad habits into good hobbies by Amy Donaldson, Deseret News

“Sidney Allman felt a little silly when Blu Robinson asked the men sitting in the classroom to shout that they were champions. Just before he joined 53 other inmates at the Utah State Prison in running a 5K Tuesday morning, he listened to the founder of Addict II Athlete, a group that meets weekly to discuss addiction issues and train for running and cycling events, tell the men how a little faith in themselves can change their lives.”

Former addicts run in Utah State Prison’s 5K race by Cathy McKitrick, Standard Examiner

“A group of 54 Utah State Prison inmates ran like the proverbial wind Tuesday, and for some, it was their very first 5K race.”

IN COURT

Motorcyclist involved in fatal crash sent to prison by Pat Reavy, KSL.com

“A Midvale man who prosecutors say was excessively speeding when he crashed his motorcycle, killing his passenger, has been sentenced to prison.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Taking the Charter School Approach to Prison by Andra Ghent, The Wall Street Journal

“America spends a lot of money locking up a lot of people. Understandably, legislators are trying to find ways of cutting prison costs without increasing crime rates. One tactic legislators increasingly rely on to manage costs is private prisons.”

Advocates: Expand state prisoner transition program by Emily Mahoney and Agnel Philip, Cronkite News

“Michelle Lacy, who served 7.5 years in a state prison for drug charges, has managed to do what she says many of her friends from her time in prison weren’t able to do: start over.”

2016 Candidates Are United in Call to Alter Justice System by Peter Baker, The New York Times

“The last time a Clinton and a Bush ran for president, the country was awash in crime and the two parties were competing to show who could be tougher on murderers, rapists and drug dealers. Sentences were lengthened and new prisons sprouted up across the country.”

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