Week ending July 19, 2015


Apparent inmate suicide being investigated at Utah State Prison by Bob Mims, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A 27-year-old inmate was found hanging in his cell at Utah State Prison over the weekend, the apparent result of a suicide.”

Press Release: July 13, Utah State Prison inmate dies of apparent suicide 


New prison relocation study points to Eagle Mountain site by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“A much-anticipated look Thursday at the four sites under consideration to replace the Utah State Prison in Draper appears to point to property in Eagle Mountain as the cheapest and easiest to develop.”

Does economic potential push Salt Lake City site to front of prison list? by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Building a new prison on the western fringes of Salt Lake City may take as much as $132 million just to prepare the ground and bring in utilities, the most of any of the four locations under consideration. Even so, consultants believe this plot, past the airport and nearby industrial parks, offers the greatest chance to attract nearby business growth, multiplying the economic effect of such a major project.”

Economic impact of Draper prison could be lower — or almost $1 billion higher by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“A new look at the economic impact of moving the Utah State Prison from Draper found that developing the site could generate between $557 million and $2.7 billion, depending on what’s built there.”

Value of Utah State Prison land in Draper depends on what  replaces it by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“State lawmakers released competing reports Tuesday about the economic benefit of moving the Utah State Prison out of Draper. One, requested by Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville, argues the state’s original estimates are based on faulty assumptions and therefore are unreliable. He believes the prison should stay where it is.”

Mayors pen prison relocation letter by Ben Winslow, Fox 13

” The mayors of seven Utah communities faced with the prospect of a new prison opening within their borders have written a letter to the state’s prison relocation commission, forming a united front against relocating the Draper prison anywhere.”

Bluffdale residents call prison good neighbor, ask other cities to take it by Peter Samore, KSL TV

“Bluffdale residents are not afraid of sirens blaring from the Utah State Prison across the street in Draper. ‘When I was a child, you’d hear that prison siren go off maybe two or three times,’ said Heber Barlow, vice president of Utah Mechanical Contractors. ‘I haven’t heard it for 20 or 25 years,’ he said.”

Here’s what the Prison Relocation Commission is looking at when picking a new prison site by Ben Winslow, Fox 13

“The state’s Prison Relocation Commission is breaking down the pros and cons of each potential site for a new Utah State Prison.”

Utah Supreme Court halts effort to launch referendum to keep prison in Draper by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“An attempt by a state lawmaker to help a group opposed to moving the state prison from Draper launch a referendum was dismissed Friday by the Utah Supreme Court.”

Prison site decision deadline moved, two possible sites may be cut by Cathy Allred, Daily Herald

“True to their word, Prison Relocation Commission members did not make a decision Thursday morning on the prison relocation site, except to extend the recommendation deadline by a minimum of a month and no later than Oct. 1.”


Letter: Prison Water Supply

Letter: Prison committee is shortsighted

Put prison where it’s best for people who go there by The Salt Lake Tribune

“The latest consultants’ reports moves the state a little closer to the decision of where to put the Utah State Prison, but they weren’t enough to shake the idea that it could stay in Draper.”

FACT SHEET: Enhancing the Fairness and Effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System by The White House

“Today the President will lay out the case for meaningful juvenile and criminal justice reform that makes our system, fairer, smarter and more cost-effective while keeping the American people safe and secure. ”

‘A Ride Home From Prison’ by The New York Times

“When California voters amended the state’s harsh three-strikes law in 2012, they ensured that nonviolent third offenses would no longer lead to life sentences. Significantly, they made about 3,000 people serving those life sentences suddenly eligible for release.”


Felon-turned-Plumber Helps Kids with Incarcerated Parents Go to College by Cathy Free, People Magazine

“During his 17 years behind bars at the Utah State Prison for shooting and wounding a police officer, Karl “Willy” Winsness watched his two young daughters, Lisa and Jamie, struggle emotionally and financially with his incarceration.”

State budget includes funds to create inmate re-entry center by Edmonds (Washington) Beacon.com

“The state budget for the 2015-2017 biennium includes two separate appropriations to renovate the Carnegie Library and turn it into a center to help inmates re-enter society.”

Obama commutes sentences for 46 drug offenders by Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times

“President Obama on Monday commuted the sentences of 46 men and women convicted of nonviolent drug crimes, saying the cases exemplify why Congress must make permanent changes to the criminal justice system.”

Prosecutors Rally Against Sentencing Reform, Say Build More Prisons by Steven Nelson, U.S. News & World Report

“Nervous federal prosecutors attempted to rally opposition Friday to criminal sentencing reform in response to President Barack Obama’s week of issuing commutations and making pro-reform speeches.”

Fewer released felons returning to California prisons by Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee

“Fewer felons released from state prison are returning because of committing new crimes or having their paroles revoked, a new report from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says.”

How this ex-con became the poster child for drug reform laws by Bob Fredericks, The New York Post

“Tony Papa is living proof that a drug offender slapped with a harsh sentence for a nonviolent crime can turn his life around if given a second chance.”

Lancaster County aims to cut recidivism with new focus on mental health care for offenders by Jeff Hawkes, Lancaster Online (Pennsylvania)

“With studies showing that released lawbreakers with mental illness have high rates of reoffending, Lancaster County is taking a step to reduce the problem.”

To cut prison costs, reform sentencing and parole by Detroit Free Press

“If we were calling the shots, the State of Michigan would have canceled its contract with prison food vendor Aramark Correctional Services last year, when a Detroit Free Press investigation first revealed tremendous problems.”

Obama Visits Oklahoma Prison on Push for Justice Reform by Voice of America 

“U.S. President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison as part of his push for fairer justice system and prison reform.”

Obama pushes reform with prison trip by Tom LoBianco, CNN

“Barack Obama is putting an exclamation point on his recent call for criminal justice reform by becoming the first sitting President to visit a federal prison Thursday.”

The Sentencing Project Urges Congress to Act on Criminal Justice Reform 

“Today, The Sentencing Project joined dozens of criminal justice, civil and human rights, and faith leaders in urging Congress to act to reduce unsustainable federal prison populations and racial disparities in criminal justice system.”

Those arrested have often been arrested before by F. T. Norton, StarNews Online

“The bank robbery arrest in June of a Wilmington man who was released from jail just four days earlier is not as strange as it sounds, law enforcement officials say.”

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super heroes

Guess who stopped by our booth at the Draper Days festival? Talk about a great bunch of Super Heroes! We especially like the one in uniform!


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