Week ending May 24, 2015


Coalition of advocacy groups: Utah State Prison needs to move by Ben Winslow, Fox 13

“A coalition of legal aid groups and advocacy organizations for inmates, the disabled and mentally ill is pushing for a new prison, saying needed changes won’t come without a move.”

Advocates see potential to reform inmates in proposed prison move by McKenzie Romero, Deseret News

“Ben Aldana lives in Orem, where he works construction, is preparing for law school and spends as much time as he can with his wife and kids.”

Utah prison relocation meeting comes back to, ‘Why leave Draper?’ by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Why not just rebuild the prison in Draper? It’s the nagging question the Prison Relocation Commission has found difficult to move beyond, and it hung over a public meeting held in Salt Lake City on Wednesday evening.”

First prison relocation open house changes few minds by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“Leonard Andrews, a computer programmer who works just a short distance from one of five proposed prison sites, wasn’t impressed Thursday by a display intended to show how a new facility would blend into a community.”

Report: Prison Relocation Commission hosts first of three open house events by Cathy Allred, Daily Herald

“The public had the opportunity Wednesday to gather information and speak with representatives, consultants, commissioners and staff about the Utah State Prison relocation.”

S.L. City Council, mayor seek residents’ help in opposing prison location by Katie McKellar, Deseret News

“As the Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission nears its summer deadline to choose a location for a new state prison, Salt Lake City leaders are locking elbows in firm opposition of the facility’s potential move to Utah’s capital.”

Take a look at the Utah prison relocation site in Salt Lake City by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Canals and gravel roads crisscross the undeveloped field that the state’s Prison Relocation Commission is considering west of Salt Lake City International Airport. The sprawling site is lined with wetlands, covered with 7-foot tamarisk trees and often infested with mosquitoes. Cows and the occasional antelope graze on the brush. Nearby are industrial buildings and warehouses. Off in the distance is the Federal Aviation Administration tower and beyond that is Salt Lake City’s skyline.”

Prison Relocation Chairs Reverse Course, Plan to Attend Q&A Sessions by Andrea Smardon, KUER

“The first of three information sessions on a new state prison site is Wednesday night at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City. The co-chairs of the Prison Relocation Commission say the meetings are not intended for collecting public comment, but they expect to hear it anyway.”


Park City Court Report, The Park Record


Letter: Let the people rule

Letter: Prison boondoggle


Montana prisons must reform to reduce recidivism by The Billings Gazette

“The vegetable garden at Montana Women’s Prison supplies the cafeteria that serves more than 200 inmates. The bounty is shared with local nonprofit organizations feeding the needy elsewhere in Billings.”

A Key To Preventing Recidivism May Be Spreading Ex-Prisoners Among Different Neighborhoods by Eleanor Goldberg, The Huffington Post

“The U.S. has spent an unprecedented amount on incarceration and rehabilitative programs over the past decade, yet the rate of prisoners returning to jail has largely gone unchanged. But curbing those figures may have little to do with additional funding, and more so with tweaking reentry logistics.”

Video games, pizza arcades and ending recidivism by Patrick Everson, Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Question: What do the iconic American companies Atari and Chuck E. Cheese have to do with turning criminals into productive citizens?

Answer: The man who founded those successful businesses — and emptied my pockets of more quarters than I could possibly count — is on the brink of a breakthrough to beat back recidivism. And Nolan Bushnell is making it happen in downtown Las Vegas, at the Larson Training Center.”

NY Senate votes to create violent offender registry to prevent recidivism by The Associated Press in the Daily Journal

“The New York state Senate has voted to create a public list of those convicted of violent felonies similar to the existing sex offender registry.”

Skyrocketing prison costs have states targeting recidivism, sentencing practices by Reid Wilson, The Washington Post

“It is not often that the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center find common cause with conservative Republicans in Alabama. But on Tuesday, both sides will celebrate when Gov. Robert Bentley (R) signs legislation that will substantially cut the number of prisoners in state custody.”



“Women in our Excell residential substance abuse program recently donated four large garbage sacks filled with crochet and knit items — blankets, scarves, hats, stuffed animals — to the Road Home Shelter. In all, the women estimate there were more than 300 items given to the shelter.”

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