Week ending April 10, 2016


GOGICongrats to these women for graduating from our GOGI Program!


This link will take you to a page where you can find the latest information about the new Utah State Correctional Facility.


Elizabeth Smart kidnapper Barzee out of federal prison, in state custody by Bob Mims, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Wanda Eileen Barzee, having completed a federal prison term for the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, was booked into the Salt Lake County jail on Thursday, presumably a temporary stop en route to more time behind bars in the Utah State Prison system.”

Elizabeth Smart kidnapper Barzee booked into Utah State Prison by Pat Reavy, Deseret News

“Wanda Barzee was transferred Friday from the Salt Lake County Jail to the Utah State Prison, where she will serve the remainder of her sentence.”


Utah Board of Pardons says bringing records into 21st century will be costly by Mariah Noble, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole needs money for an electronic filing system after state auditors last month recommended it scrap its paper record-keeping to increase transparency and allow data-gathering.”

OPINION: Spend the money to modernize Utah parole board by The Salt Lake Tribune

“In our worst fears, the government knows way too much about us. It has secret courts approving massive wiretaps. It has cameras everywhere. It knows how to crack our iPhones. Politicians as far apart as Mike Lee and Bernie Sanders worry out loud about the overreach of the Patriot Act, the NSA and all the ways our wired world can be turned against us.”


Cassel and top prosecutors advocate sentencing and corrections reform by S.J. Quincy College of Law

“Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network with partner organizations Right on Crime and the Faith and Freedom Coalition hosted a briefing for Congressional staff featuring, four former federal prosecutors and senior Justice Department officials who presented data demonstrating the need for federal sentencing and corrections reform.”


Inmates work as zookeepers at Fla. jail by CorrectionsOne

“The Stock Island Detention Center provides inmates the opportunity to work at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm as zookeepers.”

GR company leading initiative to hire former inmates by Katie Cook, WKAR Michigan

“Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids is hiring former inmates as a part of the Michigan initiative called “30-2-2,” where 30 companies pledge to hire two former inmates and track their progress for two years.”

Has Colorado’s criminal, juvenile justice commission become obsolete? by Jordan Steffen, The Denver Post

“A commission designed nine years ago to address some of the state’s toughest criminal justice issues has nearly ground to a halt, creating frustration for some lawmakers and causing others to bypass the group altogether.”

OPINION: Why Colorado should “ban the box” on job applications by Severiano Galvan, The Denver Post

“In theory, people should be able to secure a job, support themselves and their families and become productive members of society after they’ve served time in the justice system.”

Victim’s testimony sparks change in criminal justice reform sentencing laws by Liz Raines, KTVA Alaska

“After hearing heartfelt testimony from the daughter of a cyclist killed in a hit-and-run in 2014, members of the senate have steered away from softening sentencing laws in crimes that result in the loss of life.”

Health advocates: Better treatment for mental illness reduces recidivism by Nick Hedrick, The Tribune-Star (in Correctionsone.com)

“When Pete Earley arrived in New York City one day in 2002, his son, Kevin, had wandered around Manhattan for almost a week, convinced that God sent him on a special mission.”

OPINION: Prison reform is a pro-life — and political — issue by Heidi Schlumpf, National Catholic Reporter

“She was a straight-A student: bright, articulate and hard-working. Her academic accomplishments were all the more impressive, since she worked full-time and was single-parenting a child in addition to juggling full-time coursework.”

Dogs to help Ariz. veteran inmates in new program by CorrectionsOne.com

“The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is implementing a new program for veteran inmates to spend time with dogs every Wednesday. The Maricopa Animal Safe Haven is working with MCSO to allow veteran inmates to interact with the dogs in an effort to help reduce stress at First Avenue Jail.”

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