Week ending Dec. 27, 2015


Christmas Box House

“Employees, led by an Adult Probation and Parole administrator, gave generously to make sure children at The Christmas Box House and Safe Place are taken care of this winter. The items — sweatpants, sweatshirts, pajamas, toothbrushes, journals, shoes, snow boots, coats and other things — were delivered on Wednesday.”


Crafters Anonymous: Utah prison inmates crochet gifts to give back to community by Loretta Park, Standard Examiner

“I arrived nervously at the Utah State Prison a week ago to meet with inmates who participate in the Wasatch Chapel Crochet Program. Those involved in the prison’s program crochet a variety of things — like hats, blankets, scarves and baby booties — to give to organizations that serve the community. The groups that benefit from the hand-made items include homeless shelters, refugee centers, local hospitals, domestic violence shelters and many more, said Brooke Adams, spokeswoman for the department of corrections.”

Therapy Program Brings Incarcerated Mothers and Children Together for the Holidays by Andrea Smardon, KUER Radio

“Santa Claus made an appearance at the Timpanogos Women’s Correctional Facility in Draper this year. It’s part of a therapeutic program for incarcerated parents and their children.”


Prison program gives inmates a chance to celebrate Christmas with family by Brianna Bodily, KSL Radio

“Christmas came early for a group of female convicts at the Utah State Prison. A family psychology program gives the women a chance to see, hug, and kiss their children once or twice a month. This December it came in the form a Christmas party.”

Utah Board of Pardons and Parole

Governor Herbert to appoint Denise Porter to Board of Pardons and Parole

“Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Denise Porter to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. ‘Denise’s experience will provide a valuable addition to the Board of Pardons and Parole and our entire criminal justice system,’ Gov. Herbert said. ‘Board members perform a vital role in improving our public safety and reducing recidivism.'”


Drug task force makes arrests in Spanish Valley by the San Juan Record

“Two Spanish Valley residents face a host of felony charges after they were arrested on December 17 with nearly three pounds of methamphetamine.”


Obama’s DOJ fights judge on actual justice reform by Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff, The Times and Democrat

“In a July 30 Huffington Post op-ed, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch argued that “in order to truly make our communities safer, we must make sure that people who have served their time are able to fully and productively engage in our society … and lead law-abiding lives.”

A New Investment Opportunity: Helping Ex-Convicts by Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

“Every year, the government spends billions of dollars on programs designed to help America’s neediest citizens. In many cases, whether these programs work is anyone’s guess.”

Alicia Keys on Criminal Justice Reform: The Time is Now

Malloy announces new program in New Haven to reduce prison recidivism by Ryan Flynn, Middletown Press

“Malloy’s visit Wednesday was to announce creation of an American Job Center at the jail, in an effort to reduce recidivism, which occurs when someone convicted of a crime relapses into old criminal behavior.”

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