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Utah prison murder meant to look like suicide

From the article: “When 62-year-old Rolando Cardona-Gueton was found dead April 20 in his cell at the prison in Gunnison on, it looked like he may have committed suicide. But now police and prosecutors believe his cellmate, Steven Crutcher, killed him.”

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Utah House says ‘no’ to privatization of prison

From the article: “Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, proposed the amendment striking language from the bid that authorized the Prison Relocation and Development Authority (PRADA) to seek proposals from private contractors for programming, operation or both at a new prison.”

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UT: Second inmate suicide at Weber County Jail within a month

From the article: “”He was only facing some misdemeanors, minor stuff. He had been seen by a health worker on Thursday. We do screenings on all inmates and there was no indication of him being depressed or considering suicide,” [Deputy] Anderson said.  Dominguez was fine when jail officers checked him at 11:30 p.m. Saturday in his single-occupancy cell. He was found dead an hour later.”

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Utah inmate gets life term for killing prison guard at medical exam, briefly escaping custody

From the article: “A Utah inmate covered in neo-Nazi tattoos was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole Wednesday for killing a prison guard during a doctor’s appointment five years ago, then leading police on a high-speed chase that ended at a fast-food restaurant, where a customer wrestled a gun from him.”

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Utah State Prison inmate pleads guilty to killing cellmate in fight

From the article: “Ecker and Lopez, 27, were friends who had requested to bunk together at the prison. But, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing last year, tensions had been building between them.  Ecker later told detectives that he “let loose” on his friend and punched him twice.”

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Utah panel supports prison records policy

From the article: “Inmate Michael Luesse sought relief from the committee after administrators refused to waive copy fees for documents, including personal write-ups and policy manuals, he requested under the state’s Government Records Access and Management Act. He made the three records requests in early May and learned more than a month later that Corrections had a new policy, adopted “out of the blue,” that caps free copies at 100 pages per inmate annually.”  Read more here.

It is true that some inmates make excessive and frivolous requests.  On the flip side, inmates are a disadvantaged population with extremely limited access to records, many of which they may indeed need for litigation or simple understanding of policies.  The public has a right to records of public agencies, and that includes inmates.

Further, the article states that the UT DOC charges $0.25 per page.  I am not sure how they can get away with that; at least in Ohio, government agencies can only charge for the actual cost to produce the copies.  The standard charge is generally more like $0.05 per page.

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According to the article, a UT legislator is working to pass a law that would allow inmates to voluntarily agree to posthumously donate their organs.  “Over the past four years, an average of 15 inmates have died each year while incarcerated, according to the Utah Department of Corrections. The department began including organ-donor consent forms in the paperwork given to inmates during orientation at the end of 2011 after speaking with Eliason about his proposal.”

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Utah could join states allowing prisoners to donate organs

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UT: Botulism Outbreak Tied To Contaminated Prison Hooch

Trying to rid a prison of hooch is an ongoing battle for prison staff.  Inmates steal food from the kitchen or buy the ingredients from the commissary and they hide the fermenting liquid in laundry rooms, in mattresses, in lockerboxes, even in the rafters.  As many inmates enter prison with a concurrent substance abuse problem, completely stopping the hooch problem is probably a fantasy.  At the same time, it has an effect on prison management as drunken inmates may be more likely to start fights or disobey prison rules, and it also can have health effects – in this article, botulism.

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Inmate pleads guilty to killing Utah prison guard

From the article: “A Utah inmate known for the neo-Nazi tattoos that cover his face and body pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering a prison guard in 2007.”

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‘Silver tsunami’ of aging inmates may pressure resources

Article on the aging population in UT prisons and the associated fiscal impact on state resources.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54609543-78/inmates-prison-older-utah.html.csp

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