Week ending May 10, 2015

PRISON RELOCATION COMMISSION

Moving the State Prison by Doug Fabrizio, RadioWest, KUER

“Utah officials have narrowed the list of potential sites for a new state prison to Tooele County, Eagle Mountain or west of the Salt Lake Airport. Critics say it’s about the money; there’s a lot to be made from the current land in Draper. Some of the most vocal criticism boils down to this: nobody wants it in their backyard. But proponents say moving the prison is directly related to reforming Utah’s criminal justice system. Wednesday, we’re asking why Utah should (or shouldn’t) move the state prison.”

Lawmaker pushing for prison to stay in Draper by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“The state lawmaker who is trying to help those who oppose moving the Utah State Prison from Draper launch a referendum said he’s putting together a proposal for building a new facility on-site.”

Prison Relocation Decision Expected Soon by Chris Holmes, Utah Public Radio

“With a decision on the Utah State Prison relocation looming, community opposition at all five sites under consideration is ramping up. However, State Legislators appear adamant that there is no turning back at this point.”

Opponents step up efforts as prison site decision nears by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News/KSL.com

“With a recommendation for a new location for the Utah State Prison coming as soon as next month, opponents of the move are stepping up their efforts.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Pennsylvania prison recidivism rates drop to historic lows by Christian Alexandersen, The Patriot-News

“Fewer convicted criminals are going back to their illegal behavior after serving time in Pennsylvania prisons, according to new information from the Pa. Department of Corrections.”

Miller Motorsports Park will shut down Oct. 31 by Steve Luhm, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Miller Motorsports Park will close Oct. 31, ending a dream hatched by the late Larry H. Miller and depriving Tooele County of a major tourist draw. The Larry H. Miller Group of Cos. released a statement Friday afternoon announcing that it would not renew its lease on the 500-acre property nestled between Tooele City and Grantsville.”

Democrats and GOP agree on criminal justice reform. Can it last? by Benjy Sarlin, MSNBC

“It’s hard to imagine a worse policymaking environment than one that combines a crowded presidential campaign and a heated conversation around race. But against all odds, the unrest in Baltimore over 25-year-old Freddie Gray’s death has prompted a shockingly substantive discussion – and areas of agreement – among leaders of both parties over the subject of criminal justice reform.”

Prison reform bill heads to the governor for signature by Lauren Walsh, ABC3330.com (Alabama)

“Major prison reform legislation has been sent to Governor Robert Bentley’s desk for signature. Alabama’s prisons are at nearly 200-percent capacity and there’s a chance the federal government could take over. That could mean a mass release of inmates. Lawmakers crafted this bill to avoid that.”

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