Week ending July 17, 2016



JULY 17:  It is Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week — a national celebration that gives us a chance to recognize the tremendous work done by the employees in our Adult Probation & Parole division. Each day we’ll feature photos of staff from one of our five regions, along with a bit of information about Adult Probation & Parole in general. Today we are highlighting Region 4, with includes Utah, Wasatch, Garfield, Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier and the west half of Wayne counties. Yep, it’s one of our larger regions. Many of the employees who work in the region are shown in these photographs! Let them know you appreciate them!


Mosquito experts: Prison relocation plan may take some debugging by Daphne Chen, Deseret News

“Dust storms. Soggy soil. Now the Utah State Prison relocation faces another challenge: mosquitoes.”

Salt Lake City decides if you can’t stop a new prison, make money off it by Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune

“After unsuccessfully fighting to avoid hosting a relocated Utah State Prison, Salt Lake City is now preparing for an economic boon spurred by the facility. The city’s urban-renewal agency voted Tuesday to designate a swath of land containing the future prison site as a redevelopment-project area in what one top aide to Mayor Jackie Biskupski called ‘a critical first step.'”


Immigrant’s death puts agencies at odds over Weber jail’s medical care handling by Mark Shenefelt, Standard-Examiner

“Bosnian Amra Miletic was one of the last immigration detainees to be housed in the Weber County Jail.”


Another step forward in development of prison site at Point of the Mountain by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“The Point of the Mountain Development Commission on Wednesday approved a nationwide search for consultants to come up with a plan for transforming the current site of the Utah State Prison into a technology hub.”


Law enforcement groups petition Clinton, Trump by David M. Jackson, USA Today

“Law enforcement organizations are calling on presidential candidates — particularly Donald Trump — to endorse an overhaul of the criminal justice system that can help reduce crime and improve relations between police and the communities they serve.”

Fatherhood behind bars: Perth’s Wandoo prison hopes days with family will reduce recidivism by Jamie Burnett and Emma Wynne, ABC News

“Family days for inmates at a Perth prison are allowing incarcerated fathers to develop stronger bonds with their children, with authorities hoping it will help prevent reoffending.”

Alaska Gov. Signs Overhaul of Criminal Justice System by Julie St. Louis, Courthouse News

“Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed a historic reform of Alaska’s criminal justice system on Monday that is projected to reduce the prison population by 13 percent by 2024 and save the state $380 million.”

Young inmates, inmates released without supervision most likely to reoffend, new report states by Shira Schoenberg, Masslive.com

“Prisoners who are released to the community without any supervision in Massachusetts reoffend at higher rates than those who are released with supervision. Yet, some of the most dangerous criminals are often the ones released without supervision, according to information released Tuesday by the Council of State Governments Justice Center.”

Pace Partners With Good Dog Foundation To Reduce Prisoner Recidivism by John Haffey, Armonk Daily Voice

“Pace University’s Department of Criminal Justice has partnered with the Good Dog Foundation, along with the Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC) and Federal Bureau of Prisons, in an effort to tackle the problems facing female inmates.”

Creating educational opportunity for incarcerated students by William A. Galston and Elizabeth McElvein, Brookings Institute

“It is time to broaden the national dialogue about educational opportunity for incarcerated students. At a recent event at the Center for American Progress, Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. spotlighted the administration’s Second Chance Pell initiative, a program that will allow eligible prisoners to receive Pell Grants to pursue higher education opportunities at one of 67 two- or four-year institutions nationwide.”

Educational opportunity in prison has “tremendous impact on recidivism rates” by Stateside Staff, Michigan Radio

“There are 2.2 million people now incarcerated in American prisons. Each year, hundreds of thousands of those inmates are released. One of the most important ways of keeping them from re-offending and winding up back in prison is education.”

Cheaper rate for inmate calls aims to reduce recidivism by Ariana Sawyer, The Tennessean

“Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall officially announced a dramatic cut in charges for all inmate phone calls from 13 cents to 5 cents per minute Monday afternoon in an effort to protect family members of inmates from an undue financial burden.”

OPINION: America must address its prison problem by Macleans.ca

“Is there any good news to be found in the horrifying cycle of violence and racial tension currently convulsing the United States and its justice system? Yes, but it may be a long time in coming.”

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