Week ending Sept. 20, 2015

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Challenge

“Thanks to the @CHPolice Department for inviting us to participate in Team RWB’s Gimme 20 Team Challenge! Cadets in Class 276 at our Training Academy gave 20 to help support #‎teamrwb‘s mission of supporting military veterans by connecting them to their communities through physical and social activities.”

OPINION

How the prison could help Salt Lake City … by Jay Evensen, Deseret News

Lemonade from prison lemons: The state may have decided to move the prison to Salt Lake City despite objections from city leaders, but the city could see a huge upside.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Idaho prisons halt treatment program that actually was leading to more recidivism by Betsy Z. Russell, Idaho Spokesman-Review

“Idaho state prisons chief Kevin Kempf has immediately halted all “therapeutic community” programs in Idaho prisons, after an assessment by the Council of State Governments Justice Center found that offenders who go through the programs actually are slightly more likely to re-offend, the AP reports.”

Opinion: A health-care system worth saluting by The Arizona Republic

“Six years ago, “health care” for inmates at the Maricopa County jails was a term of irony. It was a system in chaos. Health care was so lacking that the National Commission on Correctional Health Care revoked the system’s accreditation.”

Nevada Department of Corrections Director Greg Cox quits by Wesley Juhl and Sandra Cherub, Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Embattled Nevada Department of Corrections Director Greg Cox resigned abruptly Monday under unknown circumstances. Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement he accepted Cox’s resignation and appointed E.K. McDaniel to serve as interim director of the department, which has come under scrutiny for use-of-force issues leading to inmate injuries and one prisoner fatality.”

Reduce recidivism and help people with reentry by Charles Ramsey and Steve Wary, Philly. com (Philadelphia)

“In 2014, the City of Philadelphia commissioned a study to assess a new approach to reducing crime. One aspect of the study focused on a familiar topic: transitional employment to help individuals recently released from prison become productive citizens who are less likely to re-offend.”

Gang members spin through prisons’ revolving doors as cycle of violence seldom ends by John Caniglia, The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer

“Soon after he walked out of his prison cell, gang leader Theo Travis went to work peddling guns and terror on Cleveland’s East Side.”

SD DOC secretary speaks on importance of rehabilitation (in Corrections One)

“Inmates should not be thrown behind bars and forgotten, according to the secretary of the South Dakota Department of Corrections.Secretary Denny Kaemingk spoke to the Mitchell Lions Club over lunch Tuesday at The Depot about steps being taken in South Dakota correctional facilities such as prisons and jails, focused on rehabilitation for inmates.”

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