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Jail deaths reporting bill advances to Utah Senate

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill calling for Utah jails and prisons to report inmate deaths to the state sailed through a Senate committee vote after the sponsor broadened the scope of prescription medication information that must be included.


Government

Riverdale considers 6-field soccer project near Weber River Parkway

RIVERDALE — A nonprofit sports development group and Riverdale officials are discussing a proposal to build six soccer fields on 40 acres of vacant municipal land south of the city offices.


Courts

Utah inmate's death highlighted in 'debtors' prison' report

Utah and 43 other states are allowing modern “debtors’ prison” circumstances to flourish as more low-income people are jailed or threatened with incarceration after not paying bills, a civil rights group says.


Police & Fire

Bill requires Utah jail death documentation, closes 'in-custody' reporting gap

SALT LAKE CITY — County jails and the Utah Department of Corrections would be required to track and report inmate deaths to state executives and the Legislature under a bill introduced by Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross.


Police & Fire

Judge OKs Ogden police search that yielded meth and stolen gun

SALT LAKE CITY — An Ogden man now faces trial on three felony charges after a federal judge upheld a warrantless search that yielded a handgun and methamphetamine from a black bag in front of the suspect’s home.


Police & Fire

Ex-bank manager pleads guilty to stealing $565K to buy house

SALT LAKE CITY — A former Bountiful bank manager pleaded guilty to money laundering after embezzling more than $565,000 and buying a house with the diverted sum.


Police & Fire

3 USU officials freed from civil liability in fraternity rape lawsuit

Three Utah State University officials have been dismissed as defendants in a former student’s lawsuit that alleges the institution failed to act on reports of sexual assaults at two fraternity houses before she was beaten and raped.


Police & Fire

Utah minority offenders now even more likely to get prison sentences

Minority offenders are increasingly likely to be sentenced to prison in Utah since major justice system changes were implemented in 2015, and officials are trying to determine how implicit biases may be creeping into arrests, prosecutions and sentencings.


Courts

Utah reports to feds omit inmates 'released' from custody after deadly incidents

Another name has been added to the unofficial list of people who’ve died after entering a Northern Utah jail, but whose demise was not considered a federally reportable “in-custody” death because he expired later at a hospital.


Police & Fire

As lawsuits accumulate, Utah jail inmate screening gains life-or-death focus

What happens in the first minutes or hours after a person arrives at a county jail can determine the course of the new inmate’s life.


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