Week ending Jan. 10, 2016

FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

“Utah Sentencing Commission Director Jennifer Valencia presented employees from our AP&P Northern Utah Region Office with the “Going Above the RIM” award — a basketball in glass case — today for their work implementing reforms that focus on offenders’ positive behavior.”

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PRISON DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

New prison will be built by July 2020, state hires Big D to consult on project by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“One of three main contractors that built the National Security Agency’s massive Bluffdale complex is likely to play a key role managing the new Utah State Prison project. The Division of Facilities Construction and Management has entered into negotiations with Big D Construction, which is working jointly with Kitchell, based in Arizona, to serve as the project’s management and technical consultant.”

New prison won’t be done until July 2020 by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

” The new Utah State Prison won’t be completed until July 2020, according to a timeline provided to the Legislature’s Prison Development Commission on Wednesday.”

UTAH BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLE

Utah woman who killed girlfriend gets 2039 parole hearing by The Salt Lake Tribune

“A woman sentenced to 16 years to life in prison for stabbing her girlfriend to death during a fight must wait 24 years before making her first appearance before a parole board.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Opinion: Connecticut’s Second-Chance Society

“One day last month, Dannel Malloy, the governor of Connecticut, was sitting with a small group of inmates at a New Haven jail, where he had gone to announce a new job-training program for prisoners nearing their release date.”

ED Runs ‘Second Chance’ Pell Pilot for Prisoners by Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

“The United States Department of Education is pushing a new pilot off the ground to test the effectiveness of allowing colleges and universities to receive Pell grants for educating students incarcerated in state or federal prisons — some of it possibly delivered online.”

Despite reform bill, increase in paroles could be years away by Tim Lockette, The Anniston Star (Alabama)

“Alabama’s sweeping prison reform law goes into effect Jan. 30, but an increase in the number of people released on parole — a key goal of the bill — may still be far away. ‘It’ll be years, years,’ said Robert Longshore, a member of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.”

Nonprofit proposes plan to provide local jobs, fight recidivism by Carlton Fletcher, Albany Herald

“Michelle Uchiyama’s pitch to the Albany City Commission Tuesday morning caught commissioners, always leery of groups asking for funding, off guard. Uchiyama, the founder and president of Atlanta-based nonprofit Charitable Connections Inc., assured commissioners she not only did not come before them to ask for money, she came with a plan that would address a number of the community’s most dire problems: lack of jobs, a dwindling tax base and recidivism.”

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections: Government That Works

“In 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, under the leadership of Secretary John Wetzel, completed several initiatives in keeping with Governor Tom Wolf’s promise of Government that Works.”

Statewide Program Aims To Reduce Prison Overcrowding, Recidivism by Liz Reid, WESA

“The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has announced a program aimed at keeping people serving short sentences in county jails instead of state prisons.”

Momentum Builds for Drug Reform from Diverse Groups by Christopher Zoukis, Huffington Post

“In recent months momentum has built for criminal justice reform from a surprisingly expansive group of supporters. This coincides with the recent revelation that around half of all federal prisoners and 16 percent of all state prisoners are incarcerated for drug offenses. In total, this equates to over 300,000 people in American prisons for drug offenses.”

 

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