Week ending Aug. 23, 2015

PRISON RELOCATION

Gov. Herbert signs resolution moving prison to Salt Lake site by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution Thursday moving the Utah State Prison from Draper to a site west of Salt Lake City International Airport, calling it the best location available.”

Legislature OKs prison move to Salt Lake City by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Over the objection of Salt Lake City leaders and lawmakers, the Utah Legislature voted by a lopsided margin to relocate the state’s prison to the capital city. Now it is up to Gov. Gary Herbert to sign or reject the resolution passed in a special session Wednesday.”

Utah lawmakers: Prison move a ‘slap in the face’ to SLC, already burdened with halfway houses by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Salt Lake City’s west side feels put upon, since it already contains three of the state’s five halfway houses and a 300-bed parole-violator center. And in the next few years, the state will move the Utah State Prison there, to a site west of the airport, a decision Gov. Gary Herbert finalized Thursday.”

Salt Lake City Council sends letter to governor regarding prison relocation by Good4Utah

“The Salt Lake City Council hand-delivered a letter to the Governor’s Office Tuesday about prison relocation.”

Legislature approves moving prison to Salt Lake City site by Lisa Riley Roche and Katie McKellar, Deseret News

“The Legislature voted Wednesday to relocate the Utah State Prison from Draper to a site west of Salt Lake City International Airport, ending years of debate among lawmakers.”

Economic impact of prison in Salt Lake City uncertain, economist says, Katie McKellar, Deseret News

“City officials remain determined to block the Utah State Prison from moving to Utah’s capital city, but economists say whether it becomes a burden depends on the details of the new facility’s development.”

Lawmakers face choice: Move Utah prison to SLC or keep it in Draper by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“State lawmakers will get their chance to vote Wednesday on moving the prison to Salt Lake City, though a competing proposal calls for the penitentiary to remain in Draper. The vote culminates the contentious debate that has raged ever since the Prison Relocation Commission unveiled potential sites last December. Gov. Gary Herbert will get his chance to sign or reject whatever resolution passes.”

Audio: Governor’s Monthly News Conference

OPINION

Thoughts on the prison’s proposed site by Richard Shaw, Sun Advocate (Carbon County)

“You have to feel sorry for Salt Lake City. Right in the middle of one of the largest economic boom in the states history, a time when jobs are plentiful and businesses are flocking to the Wasatch Front they got a big blow to their municipality.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

KidsEat Delivery

Running on Empty by Stephen Dark, Salt Lake City Weekly

“In a cramped, dimly lit basement apartment in a Murray complex a few blocks from Interstate 15, a single mother and her daughter curl up on a worn blue sofa and talk about hunger. For six months, Jane put her two daughters to bed hungry on the weekends. “Almost every night, I was hungry,” 10-year-old Lulu says. (The family requested anonymity to talk about their experiences.)”

OPINION: How hospitals could help cut prison recidivism by Stuart M. Butler, Brookings Institution

“By the end of 2013 there were approximately 1.5 million people in state or federal prisons, and the U.S. incarceration rate is the highest in the world. And while there is debate about the relationship between this level of imprisonment and crime rates, there is considerable research to show that a spell of incarceration exacerbates economic and social conditions for families as well as former inmates, especially in low-income neighborhoods.”

How the Supreme Court used a made-up statistic to expand sex offender registries by German Lopez, Vox.com

“The Supreme Court is supposed to be the most respected and trusted judicial body in the US. It hands down decisions that affect hundreds of millions of Americans. And it’s not easy for a case to work up to the highest court, much less get a hearing.”

Indiana struggling to reduce prison recidivism by Dan Carden, NWITimes.com

“State lawmakers learned Tuesday that Indiana has numerous in-prison and post-prison training and job programs that improve the lives of Hoosier offenders and significantly reduce recidivism, saving taxpayers millions of dollars a year.”

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