Week ending July 12, 2015

RECIDIVISM

Three Core Elements of Programs that Reduce Recidivism: Who, What, and How Well by the Council of State Governments Justice Center

“State and local governments spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on a wide variety of programs and services intended to reduce recidivism for people involved in the criminal justice system. But how do they determine if these resources are being used effectively?”

Goldman gives up on jailed teens after its social program fails by Yoav Gonen, New York Post

“A first-of-its-kind public-service experiment seeking to reduce recidivism among jailed teens is being terminated after failing to reach its goals, officials said.”

PRISON RELOCATION

Recommendation about new prison site may not come until October by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“It now may take until Oct. 1 for the Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission to make a recommendation on where to move the Utah State Prison from Draper.”

Economic analysis of prison move was key to pushing project forward by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“The analysis estimating that moving the Utah State Prison from Draper and developing the site could have a $1.8 billion annual economic impact was not in the original $500,000 contract assessing the move and required an additional $70,000 to get the estimate seen as crucial to pushing the prison move forward.”

IN COURT

Harsh penalties await Utah  teen charged as accomplice in police officer’s death by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“When 18-year-old Meagan Grunwald stands before a Utah County judge on Wednesday, her possible punishments are harsh. At best, she will be ordered by 4th District Judge Darold McDade to spend 25 years and up to life in prison. The maximum penalty? She could spend the rest of her life in prison without ever having the chance to be paroled.”

Judge says no new trial for Utah death-row inmate Douglas Lovell by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“An Ogden judge has refused to grant a new trial for Douglas Anderson Lovell, the man recently sentenced to death for the second time in a 1985 murder case.”

SENTENCING

Altice sentenced to prison for sex with students by McKenzie Romero, KSL.com

“When her family moved to Utah from Arizona, a mother watched as her once vibrant son become emotionally distant as he struggled to fit in at a new school.”

OPINION

New prison sports program has potential reduce recidivism by Chandra Bozelko, Deseret News

“Sean Penn’s character in “Dead Man Walking” sums it up: “It’s hard not to get fat. Rice, potatoes, pancakes, beans. Sometimes I feel like a sow on a farm.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Harsh prison sentences swell ranks of lifers and raise questions about fairness, study finds by Deborah Bach, UW Today (Washington)

“Stricter state sentencing laws in Washington have swelled the ranks of inmates serving life sentences to nearly one in five. And some lifers who opted to go to trial are serving much longer sentences than others who committed the same crimes and plea-bargained — raising questions about equitable treatment of prisoners.”

Opinion: Alternatives to reform prisons to reduce outsourcing and reoffending by Joseph Lehman and David Keenan, The Seattle Times

“AS the Legislature was struggling to fund our state’s education system, the Washington State Department of Corrections was preparing to give upward of $60,000 per day to a private company to house state prisoners.”

Opinion: A New Beginning for Criminal Justice Reform by Anthony Romero and Mark Holden, POLITICO Magazine

“The U.S. criminal justice system is in a state of crisis — and Congress is finally moving to address it. On June 25, Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) introduced the bipartisan Safe, Accountable, Fair and Effective Justice Act. Known as the SAFE Justice Act, the legislation is an important step in addressing America’s ballooning, costly and ultimately unjust federal sentencing and corrections system, which needlessly throws away lives and decimates entire communities.”

New Orleans Downtown Development District program aims to give jobs to homeless and ex-cons by Della Hasselle, The New Orleans Advocate (Louisiana)

“A new program unveiled by the New Orleans Downtown Development District aims to reduce recidivism and unemployment by giving preference in contracts to companies that seek to hire homeless individuals and ex-convicts.”

 Pilot Program Funds Arts Classes In California Prisons by Ed Joyce, Capital Public Radio (California)

“The California Arts Council has awarded contracts to 10 organizations that provide arts programs for inmates. The money for the pilot program, $2.5 million, comes from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.”

Job fair introduces East Baton Rouge inmates to job opportunities after jail by Maya Lau, The Advocate (Louisiana)

“With pamphlets and information booklets bundled in their arms, some 63 inmates at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison walked back to their cells Friday with new opportunities to think about for after they leave jail.”

Connecticut joins national trend on sentencing reforms by Mark Pazniokas, The Connecticut Mirror

“Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined some of the nation’s most conservative governors Thursday by signing legislation intended to lower incarceration rates for non-violent crime, a reversal of the get-tough-on-crime trend that produced an explosion in prison populations.”

New Tablet Will Connect Prison Inmates To Outside World by Lorenzo Ligato, The Huffington Post

“Remember when Piper found a flip phone hidden in the wall of the prison bathroom in “Orange is the New Black,” season one? Well, this new gadget for inmates is certainly better than a contraband flip phone: It’s made to suit U.S. prisons’ security standards, and it’s aimed at combating recidivism.”

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