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“A parole fugitive rammed two police cars last month while trying to escape arrest, according to charges filed Monday.”
“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
“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.”
“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 were charged Wednesday in the stabbing death of a fellow inmate in the Utah State Prison last month.”
“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
“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 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.”
“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.
“Illinois Department of Corrections Acting Director John Baldwin said on Thursday that an overhaul of the corrections’ system is in order.”
“Government, businesses and social service agencies gathered in Cleveland today to discuss ways to help people leaving prison find work.”