Week ending May 22, 2016

FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

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A group of our officers are working hard to learn more about direct supervision in a National Institute of Corrections workshop this week at the Fred House Training Academy.

Our new West 1 housing unit at the Central Utah Correctional Facility, which will open this summer, will be our first direct supervision facility. Direct supervision combines facility design and an active inmate management strategy to enhance safety and positive, productive interactions between staff and inmates.

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Wondering what our long-term plans are? Here is the link to the report we presented to the Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Interim Committee on May 18: http://www.le.utah.gov/interim/2016/pdf/00002252.pdf

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Slain Utah transit worker’s body released to family, autopsy results still undisclosed by Bob Mims, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The body of slain Utah Transit Authority maintenance worker Kay Porter Ricks was released by the state medical examiner’s office late Friday morning to his family, and authorities reportedly planned to privately update his survivors about the status of their investigation.”

 

DEATH PENALTY

Death penalty bills expected to return to the Utah legislature by Ben Winslow, Fox 13

“Bills that would speed up the death penalty process or repeal it altogether are expected to return to the Utah State Legislature. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, told FOX 13 he has already opened bill files that would cut down on the length of appeals that death row inmates have. Some inmates on death row in Utah have been appealing their sentences for decades.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

Chamber leadership project urges employment to reduce recidivism by Jessica Holdman, Bismarck Tribune

“National research has shown that most employers are reluctant to hire applicants with criminal records but one group in Bismarck-Mandan is aiming to give those people a place to start.”

The Iliad is doing hard time and the inmates love it by Christopher Zoukis, The Huffington Post

“Maximum-security inmates at a New Jersey prison have been learning about the literary world with Rutgers University associate professor Emily Allen-Hornblower. But the novelty isn’t that they are studying literature, or even that they are doing it behind bars.”

America’s newest export: criminal justice reform by Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor

“If asked to make a list of countries that are models for criminal justice reform, many Americans might put the United States somewhere far from the top.”

State: Health Care for 12,000 Released Offenders May Reduce Recidivism by Brandon Smith, WBAA

“The Indiana Department of Correction says it has reached a milestone by enrolling thousands of released offenders in HIP 2.0 and Medicaid.”

Thankful for my clemency, hoping for greater change by Alton Mills, The Hill

“In 1994, I was sentenced to die in prison. I was 24 years old. I was a high-school graduate from a two-parent family who grew up on Chicago’s Southside. My mother was a nurse. My father worked for 40 years at a local grocery store before he retired. In my early 20s, I fell in with the wrong crowd.  For two years, I worked as a drug runner and delivered crack cocaine and money for the drug ring’s leader. I tried to make ends meet, earning only $300 a week.”

Private investors would profit if recidivism goes down by Kathleen Wilson, Ventura County Star

“Private investors will profit if a Ventura County program aimed at reducing recidivism succeeds but lose their money if it fails.”

Group aims at lowering recidivism through art by Steffi Lee, KHQA 

“Words of encouragement, hope, struggles and determination clustered together on canvases hang inside the Polk County Heritage Gallery.”

 

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