Week ending July 31, 2016



July 30:  Thanks to Utah Senator Mike Lee for visiting with our staff and inmates at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison on Thursday! It was Senator Lee’s first visit to the prison and we appreciated the opportunity to share news about our new housing unit at CUCF and strides we are making in line with the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative.


State now focused on single site near airport for new prison by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

“The state has narrowed its search for the specific location of a new Utah State Prison to a single site within some 4,000 acres west of Salt Lake City International Airport already identified for the project.”


Inmate stabbed about 30 times at Utah State Prison by Mark Green, Fox 13

“A unit within the Uinta Facility at the Utah State Prison was put on lock down after an inmate was stabbed about 30 times Wednesday afternoon.”


Former Roy reception center owner sentenced to prison, restitution for fraud by Loretta Park, Standard Examiner

“The former owner of Tuscany Gardens Reception Center has been sentenced to prison for fraud and identity theft.”


Employers To Learn Benefits of Hiring Ex-Offenders by Sarah Boden, Iowa Public Radio

“The recidivism rate for ex-offenders is significantly lower when they find employment after they leave prison. But getting hired can be difficult for people with criminal records.”

Dallas program helps women break cycle of recidivism by Bradley Blackburn, WFAA

“here was a special moment in a Dallas courtroom Monday for a woman who’s turning her life around. Not long ago, Felicia Flynn was a prostitute, but now she has a job in a restaurant. Monday, she celebrated a milestone, graduating from STAR Court, a court-ordered diversion program that seeks to help sex workers break a cycle of recidivism. It’s a big first.”

Research reveals restorative justice reduces recidivism by Phys.org

“Restorative justice programs, such victim-offender mediation and community impact panels, are more effective in reducing recidivism rates among juvenile offenders than traditional court processing, a study by researchers at Sam Houston State University found.”

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