Week ending June 7, 2015

PRISON RELOCATION

Prison Relocation Commission Sets Date for Public Hearing by Bryan Schott, Utah Policy

“A formal public hearing on four potential sites for a new Utah State Correctional Facility will be held Tuesday, June, 16, 2015, at 6 p.m.in Room 30 of the House Building on Capitol Hill.”

Lawmaker says ‘political will’ is to move prison to Salt Lake City by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“A Republican state lawmaker said Wednesday that there are more than enough votes in both the House and the Senate to move the Utah State Prison from Draper to Salt Lake City.”

Families protest at final prison relocation open house in Eagle Mountain by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“‘No prison,’ Amy Saunders yelled Tuesday evening at the steady stream of traffic headed to the Prison Relocation Commission’s third and final open house at the Utah County community’s only middle school.”

Festive environment for final PRC open house by Cathy Allred, Daily Herald

“The Prison Relocation Commission open house in Salt Lake City may have been at the state fairgrounds, but the people of Cedar Valley are the ones who had the fair.”

Final open house for prison relocation draws massive crowd in Eagle Mountain by Tiffany DeMasters and Todd Tanner, Fox 13

“The auditorium at an Eagle Mountain middle school was filled to capacity for the final open house of a prison relocation meeting Tuesday night. The fire marshal turned people away from the auditorium at Frontier Middle School during the question and answer session.”

The state prison move: a look at two sites in Utah County by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A broad expanse of land whipped by wind and kept trim by a herd of cattle could one day hold the Utah State Prison. Not too far in the distance are the 40 or so families who live in this tiny northern Utah community in the Cedar Valley. The biggest businesses in the Fairfield area are a fireworks warehouse and a company that sells small two-seater planes at the West Desert Airpark. The tourist draw is Camp Floyd, where the U.S. Army stationed troops during the Utah War in 1858.”

Eagle Mountain mayor wants to avoid contentious debate at prison open house by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“Eagle Mountain Mayor Chris Pengra said he wants to avoid a contentious debate when the Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission holds its third and final open house in the Utah County community Tuesday.”

UTAH BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLE

Man who killed teen while using phone asks for parole by Pat Reavy, KSL/Deseret News

“Jeffery Lloyd Bascom says he’s always had a hard time expressing his feelings and emotions. But Tuesday during his first parole hearing at the Utah State Prison he attempted to let both the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole and the family of Thomas “Tommy” Lavelle Clark know that he is sorry for what happened.”

IN COURT

Saucedo sentenced to three years in prison for attempted murder by Mekenna Malan, Standard Examiner

“Michael Davis should have died from the injuries sustained by Julio Moyses Saucedo’s knife attack at a party in Ogden last year, prosecutors said.”

Utah death row inmate wants new trial, claiming Mormon church attorneys meddled in his case by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Douglas Anderson Lovell, the Ogden man recently sentenced to death for the second time in a 1985 murder case, is now asking for a new trial — claiming lawyers with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints interfered with his March trial.”

OPINION

Prison decision: Serious decision demands serious action by the Daily Herald

“The Prison Relocation Commission got a cold reception Tuesday when hundreds of residents from around Utah County shouted down presentations about the possible relocation of the Utah State Prison to Eagle Mountain or Fairfield.”

Letter: Intervene, governor, to keep prison in Draper

STORIES OF INTEREST

Thirty-five-year old Utah cold-case murder solved, police say by Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Thirty-five years after Timothy James Glashien was found shot to death in Mill Creek Canyon, authorities announced Friday they have identified a prison escapee and his accomplice as the ones responsible for the murder. Both suspects are deceased: Stephen Wayne Anderson, believed to be the gunman in Glashien’s slaying, was executed in California in 2002 for an unrelated murder. Anderson’s alleged accomplice, Ace Fairbanks, a member of a motorcycle gang, died of natural causes in Iowa in 1986.”

‘Celebration’ planned for Joe Hill: Was he a murderer or martyr? by John Hollenhorst, Deseret News

“It may come as a surprise to many Utahns, but around the world this year events are being held to honor a man who was executed by firing squad for a double murder in Utah.”

Prison problems in Nebraska lead to new focus on treatment by The Associated Press in NewsOK

“Nebraska lawmakers spent years building the state’s tough-on-crime reputation with policies that sent more thieves, drug offenders and parole violators to prison.”

Iowa looks to cut repeat criminal offenders with federal grant by Pat Curtis, Radio Iowa

“Around 96 percent of the men and women in Iowa’s prisons will eventually be released and corrections officials are hoping a federal grant will help them reduce the number of inmates who return to prison.”

Decision to decriminalize pot in Illinois in Rauner’s hand by The Associated Press, NWITimes.com

“Signing a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana would be, some legislators say, “low-hanging fruit” for Gov. Bruce Rauner, who is pushing for prison sentencing reform.”

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Hartvigsen

AP&P officers gave a loving assist to six students as they graduated from the Hartvigsen School in Taylorsville on Wednesday. The officers accompanied the students, clad in cap and gown, as they received diplomas before an audience of family, friends, teachers and fellow students.

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