Week ending July 3, 2016


On June 27, the Oquirrh LDS Ward Choir presented a patriotic program that traced the fight for religious liberty in verse and song. Here is the choir, performing “America the Beautiful.” Happy Fourth of July!


Jimmy Watts reflects on Weber State basketball career 40 years later by Brandon Garside, Standard Examiner

“Jimmy Watts may have played for the Wildcats in the 1970s, but his name can still be found toward the top of Weber State’s record books among the all-time greats. … He worked with the Utah Department of Corrections for 17 years, most recently as the deputy warden.”


Stymied by the courts, prosecutors use an old tool against a Utah street gang by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune

“They’ve said they can recruit anyone into their gang, according to the court documents charging them with crimes. They have tagged their moniker — Titanic Crip Society — in spray paint throughout northern Utah counties, prosecutors say. They’ve fired guns at rival gang members, sold drugs and started prison fights.”


The Power of Pell Grants for Prisoners by Clint Smith, The New Yorker

Philadelphia’s historic Eastern State Penitentiary explores issues of prison reform, past and present by Susan Glaser, The Plain Dealer

“Philadelphia’s role in American history extends beyond the birth of the nation – to the birth of our nation’s penal system.”

Wyoming’s incarceration rate grows as crime falls by Lillian Schlock, Casper Star Tribune

“Every weekday at 2 p.m., men in orange jumpsuits file into a Casper courtroom for their first appearance before a judge. Some of the men face charges for violent crimes such as domestic abuse, assault, rape and, on a rare occasion, murder. Most, however, are there for nonviolent crimes: drunken driving, drug possession, shoplifting or burglary.”

OPINION: Weldon Angelos case shows the need for sentencing reform by The Salt Lake Tribune

“It might be a stretch to consider Weldon Angelos a lucky man. The former music producer from Utah spent more than 12 years in a federal prison, far removed from his three young children, unable to see his father before he died, sitting and watching as other people convicted of similar small-time drug offenses were properly pardoned and released.”

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