Week ending June 26, 2016



JUNE 23: Please join us in congratulating the Central Utah Academy students who received high school diplomas on Tuesday during commencement exercises at the Central Utah Correctional Facility. Central Utah Academy is operated by the South Sanpete School District.


Prison inmate dies days after found unresponsive in cell by the Deseret News

“A Utah State Prison inmate found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday died Friday due to his injuries, according to prison officials.”


Bureau of Justice Statistics: 43 Percent of Offenders Placed on Federal Community Supervision in 2005 Were Arrested within Five Years

“Of the nearly 43,000 federal offenders who were placed on federal community supervision in fiscal year 2005, an estimated 43 percent were arrested at least once within five years of their placement, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. An estimated 18 percent of these offenders were arrested at least once within one year of placement on community supervision and 35 percent were arrested at least once within three years of placement.”

Ex-prisoner’s reform by Katie Bo Williams, The Hill

“Kevin Ring remembers when they turned the lights off his first night in prison. He was lying in his upper bunk, above a 70-year-old serving a sentence for bank fraud and down the wing from a 50-year-old meth kingpin. When the lights went out, someone yelled, “Goodnight, Kevin, welcome to Camp Cumberland!”

OPINION: How Texas become smart on crime in the Dallas Morning News by John Cornyn and Marc Levin, Dallas Morning News

“Thanks to a conservative, common sense approach to criminal justice reform, Texas has seen a dramatic drop in crime during the past decade while incarcerating fewer people. That’s right: locking people up and throwing away the key, as it turns out, is not always the most effective way to stop crime. It is also an expensive and inefficient way to spend taxpayer dollars. And as conservatives, our commitment to limited government dictates that we think outside the cell to distinguish between those who pose a threat to our communities and those who can be rehabilitated.”

Combating recidivism with prayer and help by Joanna Gardner, Catholic Star Herald

“Chris Parry, 51, has been involved in prison ministry at her parish, the Church of Saint Andrew the Apostle in Gibbsboro, for at least the last 10 years. Volunteers in the parish’s prison ministry group have come and gone, but Parry, one of the group’s founders, still remembers how it all got started.”

President Obama Announces New Actions to Reduce Recidivism and Promote Reintegration, White House press release

“Since the President took office, this Administration has been committed to reforming America’s criminal justice system and highlighting the importance of reducing barriers facing justice-involved individuals who are trying to put their lives back on track.”

Civil rights groups push Dems, GOP to include sentencing reform in their platforms by Seung Min Kim, Politico

“An influential coalition of civil rights groups pushing for criminal justice reform is pressuring both the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee to include the issue in their respective party platforms this summer.”

A U.S. Senate Crime Bill Would Change How Federal Prisons Fight Recidivism Rates by Christopher I. Haugh, The Atlantic

“When the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 was introduced in the United States Congress last year, Republican and Democratic senators backed the ambitious bill. Experts complimented its call for changes to mandatory minimums and solitary confinement and its proposal to thin the federal prison population.”

To Help A Criminal Go Straight, Help Him Change How He Thinks by Jack Bush on NPR

“Hard-core criminals are trapped in a vicious circle of their own thinking. Cognitive treatment of offenders can show them a way out of that trap. With effort and practice, even the most serious offenders can learn to change their thinking about other people and themselves.”

Brock Turner case: Harsher penalties for sexual assault collide with sentencing-reform movement by Kate Murphy and Jessica Calefati, The Mercury News

“Before Judge Aaron Persky gave Brock Turner the lenient sentence heard around the world, few knew that California’s penal code deemed the sexual assault of an unconscious person less severe than an attack on a conscious person — or that the state defined rape in very narrow terms.”

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