FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE:
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
“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
“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?”
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”