Week ending Feb. 21, 2016

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Please join us in recognizing staff from across our Department, led by Capt. MaryAnn Reding, who came together in November to put on the first ever Kids Day at the Timpanogos Women’s Facility!

PRISON RELOCATION

Tied to prison move, lawmakers want to study high-tech needs from Draper to Lehi by Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Key Utah lawmakers are pushing for a new study focused on how best to attract high-tech jobs to the area stretching from Draper to Lehi, a move spurred by the state’s decision to move the prison to west of the Salt Lake City International Airport.”

OPINION: The Point of the Mountain is beginning to boil by Natalie Gochnour in the Deseret News

“You can always tell when a pot of water is ready to boil. Hundreds of small air pockets begin to accumulate. Within seconds the tipping point occurs and the boiling begins.”

UTAH BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLE

Cedar City man denied parole for 2001 murder by Haven Scott, The Spectrum

“A Cedar City man who was convicted of murder at the age of 17 was recently denied parole in his first Board of Pardons hearing since landing in prison in April 2001.”

Parole granted for man who killed friend at teen sleepover by Pat Reavy, KSL/Deseret News

“A man who was 15 when he stabbed his 14-year-old friend 39 times, killing him, during a sleepover will be released from prison in May. The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has granted a parole date for Brookes Colby Shumway on May 24.”

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Coordinated efforts to track down fugitives in Utah pays off with capture of public enemy No. 1 by Tamara Vaifanua and Ashton Edwards, Fox13

“With recent incidents of fugitives and parolees walking away from treatment facilities, the Department of Corrections is working aggressively with other agencies. It’s paying off with the recent capture of public enemy No. 1: Christopher McMillan.”

Fugitive cuts off ankle monitor, escapes police in Magna by ramming cruiser by Bob Mims, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A violent fugitive, on the run since cutting off his ankle monitor, remained at large Monday after having allegedly escaped the law by driving through tire spikes and ramming a Unified Police cruiser. Christopher John McMillan, 43, has been at large since last Wednesday. Then, about 6 p.m. Saturday, he was spotted getting into a car with two women in West Valley City.”

Violent Fugitive Who Walked Away From Utah Treatment Center Taken Into Custody by Daisy Blake, Gephardt Daily

“Police in American Fork have arrested a fugitive who walked away from a halfway house in late January and on Wednesday rammed a police car with a stolen vehicle. Thomas Samuel Burnham, 29, was arrested by American Fork Police and is currently in the process of being returned to the Utah State Prison.”

Attempted murder charge filed against violent fugitive from weekend chase by Bob Mims, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A violent ex-con has been charged with attempted aggravated murder for allegedly ramming a police cruiser and nearly striking an officer as he sped through tire spikes to make a weekend escape.”

Man killed by Ogden police identified by Megan Marsden Christensen and Morgan Jacobsen, KSL.com

“A man who was shot and killed by a police officer as he was stabbing a woman Friday afternoon has been identified, police said. Justin Patrick Moses, 35, stabbed a woman multiple times in front of a residence at at 437 N. 630 East around 3:30 p.m., according to Ogden police.”

ADULT PROBATION AND PAROLE

Fugitive arrested by Metro Gang Unit, Adult Probation and Parole by Pat Reavy, KSL.com

“Adult Probation and Parole agents continued rounding up fugitives on Friday. The latest was Jeremy Lettow, 34, who was found by members of the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit at a Motel 6, 1990 West N. Temple, about 11 p.m. Lettow was wanted for absconding from supervision.”

IN COURT

Utah sex offender gets prison for trying to pick up children in stolen school bus by The Salt Lake Tribune

“A convicted sex offender and prison parolee has been sentenced to prison for stealing a school bus in Emery County last year and driving it around while trying to pick up children.”

JUSTICE REINVESTMENT INITIATIVE

OPINION: Justice reform compromises safety by John Florez, Deseret News

“Utah now has 17,801 offenders under supervision in our communities, with about 260 of them wanted for violation of their parole. Last year, the Legislature passed, and the governor signed, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) that makes it easier for low-risk offenders to be treated in the community. So, how safe should the public feel?”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Colorado lawmakers consider criminal sentencing reform by Jordan Steffen and John Frank, The Denver Post

“A Denver man who never threw a punch during a brawl received a five-year prison sentence after he inadvertently hit a man with his car while trying to flee.”

Malloy Announces Program to Help Female Inmates Before Release by Alban Murtishi, The Hartford Courant

“For the first time, incarcerated women nearing the end of their sentences will be taken to a reintegration facility now open at York Correctional Institution in Niantic.”

Transitional program for former inmates aims to reduce recidivism in Alaska by Samantha Angaiak, KTUU

“Since June of last year, an Anchorage program has been helping released inmates successfully re-enter their communities and avoid going back behind bars.”

ACLU warns of legal action on prisons by JoAnne Young, Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska)

“The ACLU of Nebraska is losing patience. While the organization believes the prison system is making progress, it believes not enough effort has been made to address safety concerns and the needs of inmates, said ACLU legal director Amy Miller.”

 

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