Week ending June 28, 2015

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STORIES OF INTEREST

States of Incarceration: The Global Context by PrisonPolicy.org

“The state of Louisiana is often called out for having the highest incarceration rate in the world. But in the global context, how far behind are the other 49 states, really? This report finds that the disturbing answer is ‘Not very far.'”

Not all babies born in prison say  goodbye to their moms by Herb Scribner, Deseret News National

“More than 10,000 American children are born in prison every year. And in most cases, the incarcerated mothers have to hand those children over to friends, family members or the foster-care system, according to The Atlantic. Sometimes these mothers, even when they have short prison sentences, don’t get to see their child again because their child is lost in foster-care. But in recent years, some prisons have created day care and nursery programs to give newborns a better shot at life and help mothers stay out of prison, according to The Atlantic.”

5 reasons Congress could soon do something big on criminal justice reform by Janell Ross, The Washington Post

“Lawmakers in states across the country have begun to discuss and, in some cases, take bipartisan action on criminal justice reform. While some of these efforts have been driven by concerns about racial disparities in sentencing and the long-term effects of mass incarceration, it’s the price-tag matters that have helped them pass everywhere from blue states like California and Illinois to Utah, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Nebraska and Georgia.”

Sensible Sentencing Reform: The 2014 Reduction of Drug Sentences by the United States Sentencing Commission

“The Commission held two extensive public hearings on this issue, hearing testimony from federal judges, the Department of Justice, federal public defenders, state and local law enforcement, sentencing advocates, conservative thinkers, and many others.”

In state, returns to prison at 28.5 percent by Jeannie Roberts, Democrat Gazette (Arkansas)

“More than a quarter of inmates released from the Arkansas Department of Community Correction were re-incarcerated within three years, according to a new report.”

Riots spur Senate look at sentencing reform by Rachael Bade, Politico

“After the Baltimore and Ferguson riots ignited nationwide discussions of race and criminal justice, a bipartisan group of top senators is making headway on a sentencing reform compromise to release prisoners with good behavior early and to reduce some mandatory minimums.”

Maryland panel begins work on reducing incarceration by Ovetta Wiggins, The Washington Post

“A panel tasked with finding ways to reduce incarceration and recidivism began its work Monday by hearing how other states have changed sentencing policies to help control correction costs.”

Rethinking jails

“The majority of people in jail are presumed innocent. Most are there for nonviolent offenses. Many are simply too poor to post bail. Our overuse of jails carries significant costs—to individuals, families, communities, and society at large. We need solutions to start where incarceration starts: in our nation’s jails.”

OPINION

It’s time to bring college educations back to prisons by Erin L. Castro, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Last month, congressional leaders introduced the Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act. The REAL Act would reverse a 1994 ban on federal aid in the form of Pell grants for incarcerated people to access postsecondary educational opportunities in prison.”

Letter: Turn Draper prison site into open space

Instead of the prison, let’s move the refineries by James C. Bradshaw, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Except for a few real estate developers poised to cash in, I simply do not understand from where the momentum is coming to move the Utah State Prison. I work in the criminal justice system – the actual group of people who will be most impacted by any prison relocation – and have yet to encounter someone dissatisfied with the current location.”

Potential state prison relocation is supported by myths by Erica Groneman, Deseret News

“What is the purpose of moving the Utah State Prison from Draper? The stated objective has changed over time. Today I challenge four of the many myths perpetuated by the Prison Relocation Commission (PRC).”

Why not rebuild the prison in Draper? by Jay Evensen, Deseret News

“One thing that gets state Rep. Fred Cox “ticked” is the notion the Utah State Prison can’t be rebuilt in Draper, where it currently sits.”

Public doesn’t seem to matter in prison relocation by Richard Davis, Deseret News

“The Utah State Legislature has a nasty habit of making important policy decisions behind closed doors and excluding the public from its deliberations. Prison relocation seems to be yet another example of this practice. The current controversy over the prison is the result of that dismiss-the-public approach.”

UTAH DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Utah State Prison inmate describes his escape, recapture by Todd Tanner, Fox13

“An inmate at the Utah State Prison believes two prison escapees from a maximum security prison in Clinton, New York will soon be captured. Lyndal Dale Ritterbush has experience with escapees. After all, he was one for more than 22 years after escaping from the Utah State Prison in 1985.”

IN COURT

Utah victim says young rapist should go to prison by Tom Harvey, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A tearful rape victim, her voice choking, told a judge on Thursday that her attacker, a teenage Somali refugee, should go to prison as an adult and not be released after nearly four years in the juvenile detention. But others also choked up when they told of the progress in understanding and behavior Mohammed Ali Mohammed has made since his arrest in 2011 for two rapes on consecutive nights in Salt Lake City.”

Sentencing Report, The Daily Herald

Drug dealing gambler to spend up to 20 years in prison for money-laundering scheme by Jennifer Dobner, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A Utah man convicted of drug and money laundering charges for a scheme that pumped about $400,000 in drug money through West Wendover, Nev., slot machines will spend up to 20 years in prison for his crimes.”

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