Week ending May 8, 2016

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Class 280

May 6: Congrats to members of Pre-Service Academy Class 280, who officially joined our corrections family today! And what good timing: The new officers took the oath of office in the midst of our Corrections Week 2016 celebration!

IN COURT

Inmate admits murdering cellmate, now faces possible death sentence by Pat Reavy, Deseret News

“An inmate pleaded guilty Monday to murdering another inmate at the Central Utah Correctional Facility and now faces a possible death sentence.”

SENTENCING

2 men sentenced to prison for aiding in robbery, murder of popular Lee Mart clerk by McKenzie Romero, Deseret News

“Two men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the aggravated robbery that led to the death of a popular convenience store clerk.”

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Undocumented immigrant with sex assault convictions arrested in Utah by The Salt Lake Tribune

“An undocumented immigrant from Mexico with two state sexual assault convictions, and two federal immigration convictions, was arrested Thursday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).”

STORIES OF INTEREST

About Utah: Cathy has a cause by Lee Benson, Deseret News

“At 5-foot-6 and no more than 115 pounds after dinner, Cathy King looks nothing like your typical search and rescuer. She doesn’t wear a hunter-orange vest. Doesn’t carry a walkie-talkie. Doesn’t drive a Jeep with a winch. When somebody’s lost in the mountains or a snowstorm or drove their ATV into a lake, her phone does not ring.”

As Drug Sentencing Debate Rages, ‘Ridiculous’ Sentences Persist by Jon Schuppe, NBC News

“When he was an addict and petty criminal, Leo Guthmiller knew little, and cared less, about the federal government’s harsh drug sentencing laws. The worst he’d endured was 90 days at the county lockup in Lincoln, Nebraska.”

Jobs training for Marion County inmates could help reduce recidivism by Jill Disis, IndyStar

“For the past three months, Tyrone Anderson has been serving time at thYale e Marion County Jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing. But when the 44-year-old father of three finishes his sentence Wednesday, he’s confident he’ll stay out of trouble for good — and he credits a new program designed to help short-term inmates find jobs.”

Closing of Florida inmate re-entry centers criticized by Troy Kinsey, News 13 Florida

“Advocates of an inmate re-entry program on Monday accused the Florida Department of Corrections of making a rash decision to close two of the program’s facilities, warning that the decision could lead to an increase in recidivism.”

RESEARCH: Yale study assesses recidivism rates of insanity acquittees in Connecticut by Yale School of Medicine

“Only two percent of people found not guilty by reason of insanity in Connecticut the past 30 years have been rearrested while on conditional release from state supervision, according to a study by two Yale Department of Psychiatry researchers.”

Jail re-entry program reducing recidivism, looking for future funding by Whitney Bermes, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

“The state’s first re-entry program of its kind, Fresh Start, is having success keeping former Gallatin County jail inmates from committing new crimes.”

Laurens woman starts inmate advocacy group, seeks reform by Tim Smith, Greenville Online

“Erica Fielder started a group last year to offer hope to inmates and their families. This year that hope blossomed into more than 8,800 signatures on a petition by the group, Hearts For Inmates, asking for sentencing reform.”

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