Week ending June 12, 2016



June 7 was a release day at the Utah State Prison — and it is not just offenders who were headed for better locales. About 50 employees and volunteers from the Division of Wildlife Resources spent the morning rounding up geese from prison property. We’ve got gaggles and gaggles and gaggles of geese who love the property’s canals and wide open spaces. They leave a visible mess and have been getting aggressive with inmates, visitors and staff. As staff began searching for ways to deal with the growing problem, a lieutenant reached out to an acquaintance who works for DWR and enlisted help.


Utah State Prison to shut two buildings because of lack of officers, inmate population decline by Ben Winslow, Fox13Now

“The Utah Department of Corrections has announced that it will shutter the minimum-security Lone Peak facility and one of the buildings in its Timpanogos Women’s Correctional Facility at the prison at Point of the Mountain.”


Parole denied for Utah inmate who was 16 when he killed a man by Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune

“A Utah inmate who as a teen killed a man in 1996 during a botched burglary to get money to buy drugs will spend at least another 2 1/2 years in prison.”


Logan parolee arrested for allegedly stalking high school student by The Salt Lake Tribune

“Logan police on Wednesday said they had arrested a 68-year-old prison parolee for allegedly sending “adult oriented material” to a high school student. The arrest came a day after the department released video of a suspect in the lobby of a Logan post office and requested the public’s help in identifying the man.”

Report: Use of Deadly Force Against Officer Doug Barney’s Killer Was Legally Justified by Jennifer Gardiner, Gephardt Daily

“The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has determined the use of deadly force by three Unified Police officers, which resulted in the death of Corey Lee Henderson, was legally justified.”


Why Prince’s Death Shouldn’t Lead to Bad Drug Policy by Jeremy Haile and Michael Collins, The Marshall Project

“A national icon dies of an accidental overdose. A media frenzy develops as public scrutiny focuses on the new, highly potent drug that is suspected of killing him.”

At Norwalk Hospital, reducing recidivism through community care by Kaitlyn Crassest, The Hour

“A patient checked into the emergency room on May 18, coming off a drunken high with minor injuries. He was treated and discharged the next day, and by May 20 he had checked in again, this time testing positive for marijuana and benzodiazepines, a psychoactive drug. He also appeared to be cutting himself.

Summit of Hope event helps ex-inmates find employment, education by Drew Zimmerman, The State Journal-Register

“Around 200 volunteers and vendors participated in the annual Summit of Hope event on Wednesday to help people on parole and probation find work and other services following their release from prison.”

Congressional criminal justice push falters, despite budget gains by Matthew Nussbaum, Politico

“In a year of tight budgets and bitter partisanship, Congress appears ready to turn down a chance to save hundreds of millions of dollars through criminal justice reform legislation that has broad bipartisan support.”

Idaho Banks on Therapy-based Treatment Reducing Recidivism by Laurie Welch, MagicValley.com

“A guy on the unit comes up and yells at you because you stepped on his bunk again getting to your bed. “How do you react?” said Terri Tackett, facilitator of a stress management class at North Idaho Correctional Institution.”

Criminal immigrants reoffend at higher rates than ICE has suggested by Maria Sacchetti, Boston Globe

“They were among the nation’s top priorities for deportation, criminals who were supposed to be sent back to their home countries. But instead they were released, one by one, in secret across the United States. Federal officials said that many of the criminals posed little threat to the public, but did little to verify whether that was true.”

D.C. faith leaders aim to help ex-convicts re-enter society, reduce crime by Ryan M. McDermott, The Washington Times

“With about 67,000 former inmates in the District, city officials need to develop more innovative ways to keep recidivism at bay and violence out of communities, church leaders say.”

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