Week ending July 17, 2016

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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!

NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

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.'”

COUNTY JAILS

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.”

PRISON SITE REDEVELOPMENT

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.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

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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Week ending July 10, 2016

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Happy Fourth of July! We began our celebration of Independence Day with the parade in Gunnison, home to the Central Utah Correctional Facility. We are proud to be a member of the Gunnison community and appreciate all your support! And thanks to our staff who represented the Department this morning. Way to go!

STORIES OF INTEREST

OPINION: Recidivism antidote: Ex-cons need a seamless path back to Medicaid, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A person released from a county jail or state prison faces no shortage of challenges readjusting to life in society. Accessing health care shouldn’t be one of them.”

California Targets Inmate Education To Fight Recidivism by Eliana Osborn, GoodCall.com

“For corrections officials, recidivism ranks at the top of the list of worries. And it’s no wonder. According to a study of prisoners released between 2005 and 2010, more than two-thirds were rearrested within three years.”

California legislature hears pros and cons of statewide sentencing reform by Erica Webster, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

“On June 8, 2016, the public safety committees for both the California State Senate and the Assembly held an informational hearing on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed ballot initiative, the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 or “Proposition 57.”

Can Indiana trade overcrowded jails for treatment reform? by Madeline Buckley and Kristine Guerra, IndyStar

“Two years ago, Ashley Sorrel wore a hospital gown inside the Marion County Jail, with twigs and dirt snarled in her hair and 92 stitches stretched across her body.”

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Week ending July 3, 2016

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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!

UTAH DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

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.”

IN COURT

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.”

STORIES OF INTEREST

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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