Week ending May 31, 2015

PRISON RELOCATION

Miller Family withdraws land from prison site consideration by Rick Aaron, Good4Utah

“We’re down to the final four in the search for a new home of the Utah State Prison and this small Tooele County town is one of the prospective sites. On Tuesday, Scott Bates, the President of Miller Family Real Estate, announced that the Millers had removed their 900 acres of land across the street from Miller Motorsports Park from consideration.”

Miller family pulls its land near motorsports park from prison short list by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The list of potential sites for a new state prison just got shorter. The family of Larry H. Miller has withdrawn the property in Tooele County next to the motorsports park that bears the Miller name. The family is ending its lease on the racetrack in October as part of a company reorganization and has decided to switch gears on the land it owns nearby.”

Mine owner sues over Utah city’s deal with developers, including Josh Romney, to keep prison out of area by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The owner of a gravel mine is suing Saratoga Springs over a deal the city made with a group of developers, including Josh Romney, to keep a new prison out of the area.”

Take a look at potential Utah prison sites in Tooele County by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“When talk about moving the state prison turned serious, many Utah legislators assumed it would land in Tooele County, where the Army destroys old munitions and a company stores low-level nuclear waste.And county leaders were open to the idea as long as the state built the prison complex far out in the desert. But that’s not going to happen.”

Grantsville residents tell Prison Relocation Commission to ‘keep joint at the Point’ by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“More than 100 Tooele County residents chanted, “Keep the joint at the Point,” at a rally Thursday evening across the street from where state officials were holding an open house about the benefits of a new state prison.”

Rally opposing relocating prison to Tooele County held across the street from open house by Todd Tanner, Fox 13

“The Prison Relocation Commission is hosting the second of three open houses on the issue Thursday, and at the event in Grantsville a protest against bringing the prison to the area was underway across the street.”

UTAH BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLE

Mother who killed 6 babies won’t get chance at parole until 2064 by Pat Reavy, Deseret News

“Megan Huntsman, currently serving 15 years to life in the Utah State Prison for murdering six of her newborn babies, won’t have her first parole hearing for nearly 50 years.”

‘I just can’t say ‘I’m sorry’ enough’: Woman convicted in double fatal crash seeks parole by Pat Reavy, Deseret News

“For three years, Leah Shelton had been looking forward to her first parole hearing. It’s not because she was eager to be released from the Utah State Prison. Rather, she wanted to apologize in person to the family of the two people who died as a result of her actions.”

OPINION

Letter: Myers criticizing the Prison Relocation Commission

Prison relocation study is being misrepresented by Wade Hadlock, Deseret News

“Members of the Prison Relocation Commission (PRC) have been making false claims about the prison relocation study. The taxpayers have been told that the land in Draper is so valuable that the prison has to move.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Marijuana reforms are an easy ‘yes’ vote for Louisiana lawmakers by The Times-Picayune

“When a jury found Cornell Hood II guilty on a fourth marijuana charge in 2011, a St. Tammany Parish judge initially sentenced him to life in prison. Mr. Hood’s lawyer argued that the sentence under Louisiana’s habitual offender act was excessive and unconstitutional. Before the court could consider that motion, the defense and prosecutors struck a deal for a shorter sentence: 25 years with a chance for parole.”

Montana needs to reduce recidivism, The Rapid City Journal

“Recidivism is one of the biggest challenges for the Montana Women’s Prison. In fact, the entire Montana Department of Corrections system is stressed by recidivism as more people keep coming into the system and many of them are coming back.”

Grant aims to keep people out of jail by Patrick McNamara, Arizona Daily Star

“As jail and prison populations continue to grow, a national foundation has chosen Pima County to help research ways to reduce recidivism. Pima County is one of 20 governments in the country to receive a $150,000 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant to research ways to reduce recidivism rates and jail populations.”

City awarded grant to fight recidivism by Larry Miller, The Philadelphia Tribune

“Philadelphia is one of 20 jurisdictions across the country selected to receive a $150,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to create a fairer and more effective local justice system. The goal is to lower recidivism and reduce jail time for some inmates.”

Lippman Moves to Reform Sentencing for Most Felonies by Andrew Keshner, New York Law Journal

“Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman is promoting a fixed end for the sentences of some 200 felonies, acting on the proposal of a commission that said a “fully determinate” sentencing plan would make the state’s criminal justice system more transparent.”

Idea of ‘Overcriminaization’ Analyzed As Ohio Lawmakers Tackle Sentencing Reform by Andy Chow, Ohio Public Radio

“When leaders talk about reforming criminal sentencing, some begin to argue that it’s too easy for average Ohioans to break the laws. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has more on the topic of what’s been called ‘over criminalization.'”

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Earlier this month, a group of inmates who are on a Utah Correctional Industries’ external work crew put together a playground set for the Loch Lomond community in Lehi as a service project. (Utah Department of Corrections)

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