Week ending May 1, 2016

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UINTA Eagle

Congrats to our employees in the Uinta 1 housing facility on receiving the Eagle Award from Executive Director Rollin Cook on Thursday! The traveling trophy is awarded quarterly to an employee or group of employees in recognition of outstanding performance.

The Uinta 1 staff was nominated for the positive attitude and teamwork shown over the past quarter while engaged in restructuring the unit, refurbishing offices and making significant changes in operations — all on top of their regular duties.

Way to go, Uinta 1!

IN THE NEWS

44,000 Utah kids suffer stigma of having a parent behind bars by Heidi Hatch, KUTV

“Utah kids, 44,000 of them, know what it’s like to have a parent behind bars. A New Kids Count report out today, “A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities,” pushes for renewed efforts to focus on children and families of parents in prison.”

SALT LAKE CITY

The so-called “prison tax” might save Salt Lake City’s neglected streets by Christopher Smart, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Salt Lake City’s crumbling streets look to be a financial sinkhole as Mayor Jackie Biskupski prepares to deliver her proposed annual budget to the City Council on Tuesday. The reason: Street maintenance has been neglected for years. The big question: Where is the money to fix the roadways going to come from?”

IN COURT

Man who killed girlfriend as 14-year-old gets 15 years to life in prison by Pat Reavy, Deseret News

“Standing just a few feet away from the man who murdered her daughter, Veronica Kasprzak-Bratcher on Monday read directly from her daughter’s diary about the first time the two met.”

Utah social worker sentenced, 5 years to life in teen sex abuse by Larry D. Curtis, KUTV

“Donavan Faucette, a former social worker, was give at least five years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage client. He was ordered to complete the sex offender treatment program at the Utah state prison where he could spend the rest of his life.”

Utah man sentenced to prison for killing girlfriend by The Salt Lake Tribune

“A Beaver County man who earlier this month shot and killed his girlfriend, pleaded guilty on Monday and was sentenced to prison for up to life — an extremely expedited resolution that was initiated by the defendant.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Sentencing reform could help U.S. economy: White House panel by Julia Harte, KFGO

“Overcrowded prisons strain state budgets, take people out of the work force and pull families apart more than they reduce crime or boost the U.S. economy, said an Obama administration study discussed on Monday by experts at the White House.”

Roadmap to Reentry: Reducing Recidivism Through Reentry at the Federal Bureau of Prisons

“Each year, more than 600,000 citizens return to neighborhoods across America after serving time in federal and state prisons.  Another 11.4 million individuals cycle through local jails.  And nearly one in three Americans of working age have had an encounter with the criminal justice system—mostly for relatively minor, non-violent offenses, and sometimes from decades in the past.”

Paws of Hope program helps W.Va. inmates, canines by Daniel Tyson, The Register-Herald (in CorrectionsOne)

“It was hard to tell who benefits more from the Paws of Hope program at the Humane Society of Raleigh County, the dogs or the federal prison inmates.”

Ex-convicts may reenter society better with state ID cards by Andrea Noble, Washington Times

“Convicted felons should be able to exchange prison ID cards for state-issued ones once their sentences are served, said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, touting a step she believes would make it easier for the thousands of people released from the Bureau of Prisons each year to reintegrate back into society.”

Progress can be made with sex offenders, say therapists by Brad Zinn, News Leader

“It’s often portrayed on television and in movies, and at times in the past stated as fact in local courtrooms, that the recidivism rates for child molesters are higher than that of any other criminal category.”

DOJ launches initiative to help former prisoners reenter society by Madison Margolin, The Christian Science Monitor

“About two-thirds of those incarcerated in state prisons are arrested for a new crime within three years, and about three fourths are arrested within five years, according to a 2014 Department of Justice study of prisoners in 30 states.”

Criminal justice leaders hail drug sentencing reform as historic compromise by Andy Mannix, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Minnesota criminal justice leaders hailed a compromise to overhaul drug laws Friday as a long-overdue, historic moment for the state that could help curb prison overcrowding.”

Entrepreneurship training teaches inmates skills to start over by Jamie McGee, The Tennessean

“Ginger Osborne was up for parole on Nov. 9 and turned it down. Her reason, she explained to her confused family, was that she had been accepted into a new entrepreneurship program for Tennessee prisoners. The training she would receive could help her avoid coming back, which she had done twice already. She didn’t want to pass up the opportunity.”

New program at Conn. federal prison benefits inmates and puppies by Nelson Oliveira, The News-Times (in CorrectionsOne)

“Six inmates stood outside the Federal Correctional Institution on Thursday, anxiously awaiting the prison’s newest residents. The two arrivals seemed even happier than the women assembled to greet them, wagging their tails and licking the faces of their new companions.”

Prison historic site takes hard look at mass incarceration by Natalie Pompilio, Associated Press

“An old penitentiary-turned-historic-site that becomes a haunted house attraction each Halloween and provides a look back on a bygone era of corrections is taking a new direction with a hard look at today’s prisons and America’s high rate of incarceration.”

Prison construction plan gets Alabama Senate approval by Brian Lyman, Montgomery Advertiser

“The Alabama Senate Tuesday evening approved an $800 million prison construction bill that would lead to the construction of four new prisons and closing of most existing ones.”

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