PRISON - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/PRISON News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Ex-US sailor who spied for Soviets dies in prison http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58351745-68/prison-soviets-walker-sailor.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58351745-68/prison-soviets-walker-sailor.html.csp">Ex-US sailor who spied for Soviets dies in prison</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-29T11:02:02.1-06:00">Updated Aug 29, 2014 11:02AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Butner, N.C. • A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina. Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke says retired Navy Warrant Officer John A. Walker Jr. died Thursday at the Federal Medical Center in Butner. The cause of death was not released. He was 77. Walker was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty in 1985 to passing secrets to the Soviets while he was a shipboard...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583517452014-08-29T11:02:02.1-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-29T11:02:02.1-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58351745@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:02:02 MDT Utah prison inmates run 5K race http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58347432-78/inmates-prison-race-program.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58347432-78/inmates-prison-race-program.html.csp">Utah prison inmates run 5K race</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-29T10:58:30.532-06:00">Updated Aug 29, 2014 10:58AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Draper • About 40 male inmates in the Con-Quest substance abuse program participated Thursday in the first 5K race at the Utah State Prison. They ran 16 laps around the fenced jogging track made muddy from recent rain. The 5K was a first for most of the inmates, who have been training in anticipation of the race as part of the prison’s Addict II Athlete program.</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58347432@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:58:30 MDT Salt Lake City man sent to prison on fraud charges http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58340299-78/johnson-prison-conviction-federal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58340299-78/johnson-prison-conviction-federal.html.csp">Salt Lake City man sent to prison on fraud charges</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-28T09:14:07.92-06:00">Updated Aug 28, 2014 09:14AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Jamis Johnson to five months in prison on his conviction of 27 fraud-related charges after crediting him with the nearly four years he’s spent in state prison on a separate conviction. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said the Salt Lake City man, convicted by a federal court jury in 2011 after a nine-day trial, has been incarcerated in the Utah State Prison for 43 months for violation of parole from the earlier conviction. He was given credit for that time...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58340299@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:14:07 MDT Prison company pays $8 million in back wages http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58314611-79/federal-prison-company-employees.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58314611-79/federal-prison-company-employees.html.csp">Prison company pays $8 million in back wages</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-19T18:07:02.008-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 06:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • The nation’s largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California City, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday. The payments came after an investigation found that the federal prison subcontractor underpaid 362 employees at the California City Correctional Center under the terms of its contract, where pay rates are es...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583146112014-08-19T18:07:02.008-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-19T18:07:02.008-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58314611@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:07:02 MDT Trib Talk: Is prison the solution? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogstribtalk/58309995-231/tribtalk-prison-com-sltrib.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogstribtalk/58309995-231/tribtalk-prison-com-sltrib.html.csp">Trib Talk: Is prison the solution?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jennifer Napier-Pearce</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-19T12:41:09.873-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 12:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Non-violent offenders are filling Utah’s prison to the tune of 63 percent of new inmates, a trend that has lawmakers, attorneys, judges and corrections officials worried and wondering if sentencing guidelines really fit the crime. On Tuesday at 12:15 p.m., Utah Department of Corrections director Rollin Cook and Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice director Ron Gordon join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about some of the disconnects between crime and punishment in Utah and ways to fix t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58309995@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:41:09 MDT Utah mom to prison for toddler son’s methadone death http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58309994-78/goff-child-aiden-judge.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58309994-78/goff-child-aiden-judge.html.csp">Utah mom to prison for toddler son’s methadone death</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-19T22:06:04.571-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 10:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Tooele • Jill Goff took a nap as her toddler was dying. She didn’t call 911 or take her children to the hospital. When her older children, ages 5 and 8, began feeling ill, she didn’t immediately tell anyone why — that she had inadvertently given her children methadone, thinking it was Gatorade. On Tuesday, a judge sentenced Goff to prison for up to 15 years for this. Neither the prosecution nor the defense attorney asked the judge to send the 33-year-old mother to prison. Committing her to a ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58309994@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:06:04 MDT Subcommittee: How and why are Utahns are being sent to prison? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58298422-78/drug-offenders-prison-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58298422-78/drug-offenders-prison-state.html.csp">Subcommittee: How and why are Utahns are being sent to prison?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T12:17:04.736-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 12:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A group of legislators, judges, lawyers and state officials met Thursday to take on a daunting task: keeping Utah’s ballooning prison population in check. It was the first meeting of this subcommittee assembled to offer the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) recommendations on how the state can better tailor its laws and manage the men and women who land in Utah’s state courtrooms. Gov. Gary Herbert has called upon the state to put an end to the “revolving door” of the criminal j...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58298422@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:17:04 MDT Op-ed: Get the nonviolent mentally ill out of our prisons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58293749-82/disorders-utah-brain-health.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58293749-82/disorders-utah-brain-health.html.csp">Op-ed: Get the nonviolent mentally ill out of our prisons</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Mary Jo McMillen and Jamie Justice</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-16T17:57:02.553-06:00">Updated Aug 16, 2014 05:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Utah and the Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) are longtime advocates for individuals and families who struggle with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. We’ve seen the triumphs and tragedies for Utahns across the spectrum. These brain disorders don’t confine themselves to any single age group, demographic or economic status. But all too often they contribute to actions that may land the person in the county jail or st...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58293749@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:57:02 MDT Editorial: Utah should push for real corrections reform http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58267802-82/prison-state-ideas-reform.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58267802-82/prison-state-ideas-reform.html.csp">Editorial: Utah should push for real corrections reform</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-06T17:47:46.428-06:00">Updated Aug 6, 2014 05:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Being sent to prison can ruin someone’s life. Which is sort of the point. Knowing that is supposed to discourage people from committing crimes. But sending someone to prison doesn’t necessarily do a lot to benefit the state that sent them. It costs the taxpayers a lot of money. It breaks up families, harming people — mostly children — who broke no law. It interrupts the educational and/or career path of people who, when they are released from custody, won’t be able to support themselves and the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58267802@www.sltrib.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:47:46 MDT Utah prison review aims to find new approach http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58264217-90/corrections-gordon-inmates-justice.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58264217-90/corrections-gordon-inmates-justice.html.csp">Utah prison review aims to find new approach</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-06T08:44:52.98-06:00">Updated Aug 6, 2014 08:44AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">With a recidivism rate above the national average and a prison population expected to grow by some 2,700 inmates during the next two decades, Gov. Gary Herbert and other state leaders are in the midst of a ground-up review of Utah’s corrections policy. “We’re calling on the foremost experts on public safety to create a new road map for our criminal-justice system,” Herbert said in a statement. “The prison gates must be a permanent exit from the system, not just a revolving door.” Work on the pr...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58264217@www.sltrib.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 08:44:52 MDT Parole officers’ new focus: more hand holding, less handcuffing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247732-78/moore-corso-probation-women.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247732-78/moore-corso-probation-women.html.csp">Parole officers’ new focus: more hand holding, less handcuffing</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Marissa Lang</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-04T09:25:52.691-06:00">Updated Aug 4, 2014 09:25AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Riverton • She told them to drop in anytime, so Adult Probation & Parole agents Nathan Griffiths and Chris Moore arrived unannounced in an unmarked car that they parked down the road. The garage door was open. Two young boys played in the grass. As the officers approached, 5-year-old Kayden eyed the black guns on their belts, tucked neatly under their bulletproof vests. “Want to see mine?” he asked. “It shoots rubber bands.” Inside the house, Brandi Corso was drying her eyes. Corso, 23, is a re...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58247732@www.sltrib.com Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:25:52 MDT American imprisoned in Cuba says goodbye to family http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58258849-68/gross-cuba-prison-goodbye.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58258849-68/gross-cuba-prison-goodbye.html.csp">American imprisoned in Cuba says goodbye to family</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JESSICA GRESKO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-04T08:52:09.922-06:00">Updated Aug 4, 2014 08:52AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A lawyer for an American who has spent more than four years imprisoned in Cuba said Monday that his client cannot take life in prison much longer and has said his goodbyes to his wife and a daughter. Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009 while working covertly in the Communist-run country to set up Internet access. His attorney, Scott Gilbert, said in a statement Monday that his client “has withdrawn” and told him “life in prison is not a life worth living.” Gross has previously s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582588492014-08-04T08:52:09.922-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-04T08:52:09.922-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58258849@www.sltrib.com Mon, 04 Aug 2014 08:52:09 MDT Second fine levied against Ohio prison food vendor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58243007-79/aramark-ohio-fine-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58243007-79/aramark-ohio-fine-state.html.csp">Second fine levied against Ohio prison food vendor</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-30T16:08:02.263-06:00">Updated Jul 30, 2014 04:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Columbus, Ohio • State officials on Wednesday announced a second fine against the private vendor that took over the job of feeding inmates last year as the company defended its operations before a prisons oversight committee. The $130,200 fine against Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services covered continued staffing shortages, unacceptable food substitutions and shortages and sanitation issues, including maggots observed in food service operations at five prisons this month and last, a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582430072014-07-30T16:08:02.263-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-30T16:08:02.263-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58243007@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:08:02 MDT Vending firm ex-official sentenced in Pepsi fraud http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58238547-79/pepsi-official-prison-sentenced.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58238547-79/pepsi-official-prison-sentenced.html.csp">Vending firm ex-official sentenced in Pepsi fraud</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T17:24:01.407-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 05:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Newark, N.J. • A former official of a New Jersey-based vending company has been sentenced to prison time for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Pepsi Bottling Group of $2.9 million over a 10-year period. Cedar Grove resident Joseph Belasco was ordered Tuesday to serve six months in prison and six months of home confinement. He also will pay $1 million in restitution and must serve two years of supervised release once he’s freed from prison. The 65-year-old Belasco pleaded guilty last Novemb...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582385472014-07-29T17:24:01.407-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-29T17:24:01.407-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58238547@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:24:01 MDT Ex-CEO gets prison for stealing from NYC charity http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58215019-79/ceo-charity-prison-gets.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58215019-79/ceo-charity-prison-gets.html.csp">Ex-CEO gets prison for stealing from NYC charity</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-23T08:55:28.466-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 08:55AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • The politically connected former CEO of a prominent New York City charity has been sentenced to prison for helping to steal more than $9 million from the anti-poverty organization. William Rapfogel was sentenced Wednesday to a term of 40 months to 10 years. His wife and other supporters looked on as he was led out of court, uncuffed, to start serving his term. He pleaded guilty in April to grand larceny, money laundering and other charges in a case that rattled city and state politica...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582150192014-07-23T08:55:28.466-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-23T08:55:28.466-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58215019@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:55:28 MDT Police say New York principal caught taking drugs to prison http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58210801-68/silver-drugs-police-principal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58210801-68/silver-drugs-police-principal.html.csp">Police say New York principal caught taking drugs to prison</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T10:13:01.788-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 10:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • A New York City elementary school principal has been arrested on charges of trying to smuggle drugs into a maximum-security upstate prison. The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1rnLXCp ) that Public School 28 Principal Sadie Silver and a man she was with were arrested Friday after state police said they carried heroin and prescription drugs into the Coxsackie Correctional Facility. Police say the 40-year-old Silver and Michael Acosta had a 10-year-old child with them. Silver and Aco...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582108012014-07-22T10:13:01.788-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-22T10:13:01.788-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58210801@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:13:01 MDT Roof collapses at Texas prison operated by Utah company http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58202242-68/amp-texas-diboll-inmates.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58202242-68/amp-texas-diboll-inmates.html.csp">Roof collapses at Texas prison operated by Utah company</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-19T20:33:01.978-06:00">Updated Jul 19, 2014 08:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Diboll, Texas • Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 injured inmates to hospitals. One of those inmates was later airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after the Saturday collapse at Diboll Correctional Center, about 100 miles northeast of Houston. Neither his identity nor his condition has been released. In a statement, a prison spokesman said the other inmates suffered cuts and bruises whe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58202242@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:33:01 MDT Drug offender serving life term hoping for clemency http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58201697-68/walker-drug-drugs-federal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58201697-68/walker-drug-drugs-federal.html.csp">Drug offender serving life term hoping for clemency</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SHARON COHEN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-19T19:23:29.431-06:00">Updated Jul 19, 2014 07:23PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Greenville, Ill. • From the very start, Scott Walker refused to believe he’d die in prison. Arrested and jailed at 25, then sent to prison two years later, Walker couldn’t imagine spending his life behind bars for dealing drugs. But the years passed, his appeals failed and nothing changed. Now, after 17½ years, Walker may have his best shot at freedom. The Obama administration — responding to mounting concerns about decades of harsh penalties and overcrowded prisons — recently announced it will...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582016972014-07-19T19:23:29.431-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-19T19:23:29.431-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58201697@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:23:29 MDT Panel supports early release for 46K drug felons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58201241-68/prison-commission-drug-early.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58201241-68/prison-commission-drug-early.html.csp">Panel supports early release for 46K drug felons</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ERIC TUCKER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-19T12:14:33.153-06:00">Updated Jul 19, 2014 12:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted Friday that would dramatically reduce the nation’s prison population over time. The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which earlier this year voted to substantially lower recommended sentences for drug-dealing felons, voted unanimously to retroactively apply that change to prisoners now behind bars. More than 46,000 inmates, including many who have alre...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58201241@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:14:33 MDT Given life term, drug offender hopes for clemency http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58201212-68/walker-says-drug-federal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58201212-68/walker-says-drug-federal.html.csp">Given life term, drug offender hopes for clemency</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SHARON COHEN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP National Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-19T11:18:02.589-06:00">Updated Jul 19, 2014 11:18AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Greenville, Ill. • From the very start, Scott Walker refused to believe he would die in prison. Arrested and jailed at 25, then sent to prison more than two years later, Walker couldn’t imagine spending his life behind bars for dealing drugs. He told himself this wasn’t the end, that someday he’d be released. But the years passed, his appeals failed and nothing changed. Now, after 17½ years as an inmate, Walker may have his best shot at freedom. The Obama administration — responding to mounting ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582012122014-07-19T11:18:02.589-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-19T11:18:02.589-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58201212@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:18:02 MDT