Week ending July 26, 2015


D.A. clears Utah prison staff in fight-related death of inmate by Bob Mims, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has cleared Utah State Prison staff of any wrongdoing in connection with the death last fall of a 25-year-old inmate. Christopher Lee Lucas died after a fight with another inmate, and his September death had been earlier ruled a homicide by the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office.”


Becker softens stance on sales-tax increase connected to prison by Christopher Smart, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Mayor Ralph Becker took a lot of heat earlier this year for a sales-tax proposal tied to the potential relocation of the State Prison, but now, Salt Lake City’s chief executive says the tax hike may not be needed after all.”

Group opposed to prison move tries again to win approval to launch referendum by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“Supporters of keeping the state prison in Draper made another attempt Wednesday to win approval from Utah Supreme Court to circulate a referendum.”

Trib Talk: What the prison relocation study shows, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Will it come down to location conditions, construction time or simply the cost for a new prison site? On Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., Rep. Brad Wilson, consultant Robert Nardi and Tribune investigative reporter Matt Canham join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about a new study that assesses the four sites for a new prison and the public process going forward.”


Letter: Transportation component

Prison move calls for humility — and revisiting what the prison system should be now and in the future by John Florez, Deseret News

“Maybe it’s time for everyone to take a deep breath and allow for a bit of humility. Successful leaders readily do so and take time to rethink their decisions. That may be the case regarding the prison relocation.”

We need to consider inmates’ needs in prison relocation discussion by Drew Clark, Deseret News

“Utah is squarely in the midst of a statewide debate over whether and where to relocate the Utah State Prison at the Point of the Mountain.”


Opinion: How we can achieve true prison reform, reduce criminal relapses by Christopher Bowman, assistant district attorney, The New Orleans Advocate

“Louisiana incarcerates a higher percentage of its citizens than any other state. While many — myself included — believe that Louisiana incarcerates too many people, there exists little agreement on why and how to reverse this trend.”

Testimony by John G. Malcolm before the Committee on Oversight and Government, U.S. House of Representatives, on Criminal Justice Reform

“I have also spent a good deal of my career involved in the criminal justice system—as an Assistant United States Attorney, an Associate Independent Counsel, a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Justice Department, and a criminal defense attorney. Therefore, I can speak to you today as someone who has experience on both sides of the courtroom.”

Even Prisoners Can’t Escape Medical Copays by Michael Ollove, Huffington Post

“Even going to prison doesn’t spare patients from having to pay medical copays. In response to the rapidly rising cost of providing health care, states are increasingly authorizing the collection of fees from prisoners for medical services they receive while in state prisons or local jails. At least 38 states now do it, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and Stateline reporting.”

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