Week ending April 17, 2016

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Please help us welcome the newest members of our corrections family — Class 279 — who graduated today from our Pre-Service Academy!

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Fugitive rammed 2 police cars, charges state by Ben Lockhart, KSL.com

“A parole fugitive rammed two police cars last month while trying to escape arrest, according to charges filed Monday.”

Man who served prison time in Utah arrested over bizarre Seattle murder by The Salt Lake Tribune

“A man who served prison time in Utah for a car-jacking episode has been arrested in Seattle in connection with the murder of a woman whose head and other body parts were found Saturday in a homeowner’s recycling bin.”

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Does the Justice Reinvestment Initiative help or hurt crime rates? by Kurt Hanson, Daily Herald

“What could be the biggest criminal justice initiative in state history to rehabilitate and reform repeat offenders is stirring a muck of controversy, dividing many of the judiciary and law enforcement against each other.”

IN COURT

Utah parolee sentenced for crimes committed after he absconded halfway house by The Salt Lake Tribune

“A Utah parolee was sentenced to prison Tuesday for up to five years in connection with new crimes he committed after disappearing from a Salt Lake City halfway house in January. Thomas Samuel Burnham, 29, disappeared from the Fortitude Treatment Center on Jan. 28, after checking out to get medical treatment.”

Two men charged in alleged stabbing death of inmate at Utah State Prison by Ben Lockhart, Deseret News

“Two men were charged Wednesday in the stabbing death of a fellow inmate in the Utah State Prison last month.”

Court heatedly debates psychosexual evaluation of former frat member accused of rape by Amy Macavinta, Herald Journal

“Sentencing could be significantly delayed for a Logan man who pleaded guilty in a fraternity rape case after a judge ordered he retake a portion of the psychosexual evaluation that determines his risk of re-offending.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Maryland ACLU Fights For Juveniles Facing Life Without Parole by Donna Owens, NBC News

“A newly filed federal lawsuit is bringing additional attention to the issue of juvenile “lifers.” The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland filed suit on April 6 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, on behalf of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, a prisoners’ rights organization. Also named as plaintiffs are three men–all in their 50s–who are currently serving mandatory life sentences after being convicted of crimes in their teens.”

The Lesser Known Hindrance for the Formerly Incarcerated by Kristen Clarke, Ebony

“The emerging consensus that our country’s punitive and costly experiment with mass incarceration has failed is one of the most important developments for racial justice advocates in recent decades.  However, as efforts to reduce prison populations take root, formerly incarcerated people face significant barriers and obstacles in their efforts to successfully reintegrate into their communities upon release.”

Arizona Department of Corrections Launches Program To Reduce Recidivism by Jimmy Jenkins, KJZZ.org

“The Department of Corrections announced it is creating a Division of Inmate Programs and Reentry. DOC Director Charles Ryan said the goal is to reduce inmate recidivism, improve public safety and slow the growth of the prison system in Arizona.

IDOC director: Time to rethink how the state deals with drug offenders by Molly Parker, The Southern Illinoisan

“Illinois Department of Corrections Acting Director John Baldwin said on Thursday that an overhaul of the corrections’ system is in order.”

Employers Who Hire Ex-Felons Learn About the Risks and Rewards by Kevin Niedermier, WKSU.org

“Government, businesses and social service agencies gathered in Cleveland today to discuss ways to help people leaving prison find work.”

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