Week ending Nov. 22, 2015



Carlos Trujillo Mark Selfridge Landon Thomas Meleana Black Shaine Pilgrim Simuel Walton

Can you help us locate these fugitives who have absconded from parole supervision? There is an outstanding warrant for the arrest of each offender. All were last seen in the Salt Lake City area.


Pleasant Grove man sentenced to prison time for role in death of girlfriend’s son by Kurt Hanson, Daily Herald

“After hours of emotional testimony, a man who previously entered a plea deal in the death of his girlfriend’s infant son was sentenced to zero to five years at the Utah State Prison.”

Man who stabbed people at random outside grocery store sentenced to prison by McKenzie Romero, Deseret News

“A man who pleaded guilty and mentally ill to stabbing people at random outside a downtown grocery store three years ago has been sentenced to prison.”

Centerville man sentenced to prison for stabbing wife by Loretta Park, Standard Examiner

“Even after the judge sentenced a 51-year-old Centerville man to prison for attempting to kill his estranged wife, Stepan Badikyan maintained he entered his guilty plea unknowingly and involuntarily.”

Murder defense to depose all of state’s top prosecutors by Kevin Jenkins, The Spectrum

“The defense in a 2010 murder case plans to schedule depositions with all of Utah’s 29 county prosecutors and other state law enforcement representatives possibly including Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes as part of its bid to overturn a death penalty ruling in the case.”


Sheriff’s Office, Attorney’s Office present 2016 budgets by Clayton Gefre, Herald Journal

“The Sheriff’s Office is projecting an increase in revenue over the next five years thanks to an increase in state and federal funding for county housed inmates, Sheriff Chad Jensen revealed during a budget workshop meeting alongside the Attorney’s Office on Nov. 17 with the Cache County Council to discuss the 2016 budget.”


Recidivism Rates Don’t Snitch on Repeat Offenders by Chandra Bozelko, The Huffington Post

“Some states report that their recidivism rates were high but are being reduced now. Others claim that their state recidivism rates were always low. The weekend before President Obama’s announcement that his administration’s plans to enhance reentry efforts for people leaving prison, reform advocates were passing around a 2014 study from Abt Associates – one that says the recidivism rate is about half of what has been reported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.”

Fighting Recidivism With Tablet-Based Education in Prisons by Anne Field, Forbes

“Inmates who receive some education while they’re in prison are considerably less likely to wind up back behind bars. With current efforts to release thousands of prisoners convicted of nonviolent crimes and end an era of mass incarceration, that’s particularly relevant now.”

OPINION: Arizona is ready for meaningful criminal justice reform by Kurt M. Altman and Alison Holcomb, Arizona Capitol Times

“Policy leaders from across the country met in Arizona today to discuss whether Arizona needs to consider sentencing reform. Representatives of organizations with very different political view came together with a shared commitment to both safe and strong neighborhoods, and smaller numbers of people behind bars.”

State reviewing criminal justice system with goal of cutting spending, reducing recidivism by Amy Beth Hanson, Daily Journal (Montana)

“The state is reviewing its criminal justice system with the goal of reducing spending and lowering recidivism rates while improving public safety.”

Changes to community supervision in Washington state are reducing recidivism and saving money by Mitch Ryals, Inlander

“Washington state’s community supervision program is one area of the criminal justice system where those who enforce violations were allowed a fair amount of discretion.”

Idaho Prison Reforms Could ‘Overhaul System’ by George Prentice, Boise Weekly

“Kevin Kempf pointed to empty chairs at the conference table where he usually summons the men and women who help run Idaho prisons. ‘The chief of prisons, two deputy chiefs of prisons, they sat around this very table,’ said Kempf, director of the Idaho Department of Correction and the person responsible for more than approximately 24,000 offenders and 2,000 employees in the IDOC system.”

Prison time doubles for federal inmates by Lydia Wheeler, The Hill

“The average length of time served by federal prisoners more than doubled from 1988 to 2012, according to new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts released Wednesday.”

See: Prison Time Surges for Federal Inmates by The Pew Charitable Trusts

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