Week ending March 27, 2016

STORIES OF INTEREST

OPINION: Growth at Point of the Mountain brings urban pressures to suburbs by The Salt Lake Tribune

“Census numbers confirm what rush-hour traffic has been telling us for a while: Point of the Mountain is booming. And it’s booming so much that the area where Salt Lake and Utah counties meet has arguably become the new epicenter of Utah. The two counties accounted for more than half of the state’s new residents in 2015, and Utah County nearly matched Salt Lake County for adding new people. Most of that growth is close to the county line.”

Prison Guards Are Hard to Capture as Jobless Rates Fall by Mark Peters, The Wall Street Journal (includes Utah information)

“On Mother’s Day last year, things quickly spun out of control at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Nebraska. Inmates took over large sections of the maximum-security prison, assaulted guards, set fires and killed two sex offenders serving long sentences.”

What This Worker Shortage Says About the State of the Economy by Denver Nicks, Time

“As the national unemployment rate has dipped below 5% in 2016, filling job vacancies has become particularly difficult in one especially low-paying, dangerous position: prison guard.”

Tim Robbins Has Prison Drama Class That Cuts Recidivism in Half by Terry Turner, Good News Network

“Actor Tim Robbins has dramatically cut repeat offender rates for prisoners who take his acting class behind bars. Six out of every 10 inmates in California will commit another crime and return to prison within three years of their release. Robbins’ program has cut that rate in half. The reason is because the drama workshops give prisoners a way to express their emotions.”

OPINION: Releasing low-level offenders did not unleash a crime wave in California by Charis E. Kubrin, Carroll Seron and Joan Petersilia, The Washington Post

“In an era of bitter partisanship, politicians and pundits across the ideological spectrum seem to agree on one thing: Our prison system is broken. With less than 5 percent of the world’s population yet nearly 25 percent of the world’s prison inmates, the United States spends too much money locking up too many people for too long.”

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