Week ending Aug. 16, 2015

PRISON RELOCATION

Governor Herbert calls special prison relocation session by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“Gov. Gary Herbert is calling lawmakers into special session Wednesday, Aug. 19, to vote on moving the Utah State Prison in Draper to a site west of the Salt Lake City International Airport.”

Prison Relocation Commission unanimously approves SLC site for new Utah State Prison by Ben Winslow, Fox13

“Utah’s Prison Relocation Commission unanimously voted to move the prison from its current location in Draper to a site near the Salt Lake City International Airport.”

Democrats, west-side leaders vow to fight prison relocation by Katie McKellar, Deseret News

“‘The chasm that exists between the east and west sides is ages old,’ said Robert “Archie” Archuleta, a resident of Salt Lake City’s west side for more than 50 years.'”

Salt Lake site recommended for new state prison by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“The Utah State Prison in Draper should be moved to Salt Lake City, members of the Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission decided in a unanimous vote Tuesday.”

Salt Lake City to consider legal options to stop prison relocation by Ben Lockhart, Deseret News

“Mayor Ralph Becker said Salt Lake City will be reviewing its legal options now that the Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission has recommended moving the Utah State Prison to Utah’s capital city.”

Salt Lake City could launch referendum to stop prison move by Ben Lockhart, Deseret News

“Just a day after the Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission voted to recommend moving the Utah State Prison from Draper to Salt Lake City, Mayor Ralph Becker raised the possibility of launching a referendum to stop it.”

Salt Lake City leaders: We’re not done fighting prison relocation by Christopher Smart, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and west-side City Councilman James Rogers called an impromptu news conference at the proposed site of a new state prison Tuesday and said they weren’t going to take it sitting down.”

OPINION

Stepping up our game and strategically planning for future growth by Drew Clark, Deseret News

“Last week the Prison Relocation Commission voted unanimously to move the prison from its current location here to a new, vacant industrial site west of the Salt Lake City Airport.”

With Site Decided, It’s Now Time to Design Utah’s New Prison the Right Way by the ACLU of Utah and People Not Prisons

“The PRC yesterday recommended a parcel of land three miles west of the Salt Lake International Airport as the new site of the Utah State Prison. The recommendation still must be approved by the Legislature and the governor before the project can move forward. A special legislative session will be held sometime in the coming weeks to facilitate the decision-making process.

Salt Lake City can do prison reform right by The Salt Lake Tribune

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When the state of Utah gives your city a prison, make prison reform a point of local pride.”

UTAH BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLE

Parole board moves up hearing for Shurtleff, Swallow accuser by Ben Winslow, Fox13

“The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has agreed to move up a release hearing for a man who has accused former attorneys general Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow of a ‘shakedown.'”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Study: Recidivism rate rising in El Paso by Aileen B. Flores, El Paso Times

“The recidivism rate in El Paso appears to be on the rise, according to a study that shows a greater percentage of people jailed and released in the county are being re-arrested after a year.”

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