Achieving Life-changing Results at the Utah Department of Corrections

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It’s not possible or affordable for the state to keep offenders separated from the public indefinitely. In fact, the state’s re-entry system, or the system that transitions offenders from prisons or supervision back to freedom with supervision and programming, costs taxpayers upwards of $9 million monthly. So, the faster the system can effectively rehabilitate offenders, the better off are society, …

Saving Lives and Livelihoods at the Utah Public Health Laboratory

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Robust testing is only as effective as the speed at which it is performed, and the Utah Public Health Laboratory (UPHL) is doing its part to improve testing in Utah. Due to a short incubation period before a COVID-positive individual becomes infectious, the more quickly an individual is tested and his/her test processed, the more likely we are to limit …

NPR: Utah Is Ready To Move Into 2nd Phase Of COVID-19 Response

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Utah is approaching the second phase of the Utah Leads Together plan. This is possible due to the state’s early efforts in approaching the pandemic as not only a medical problem, but also an operations problem. Along with medical expertise, we need logistical and operational expertise to build a machine that can move all of the parts necessary to contain …

A person runs in the Boston Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on April 1. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg

Bloomberg: U.S. States Prepare Test-and-Trace Programs to Reopen Their Economies

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Several states have launched new efforts to contain Covid-19, laying plans to test aggressively and track the potentially infected with help from nonprofits, universities and the private sector. Massachusetts, Utah and North Dakota are among those working on the kinds of comprehensive strategies that public-health experts agree are needed to arrest the coronavirus’s spread and lift the social-distancing measures that …

US News: Minnesota, Utah Among States Best Prepared for Coronavirus Economic Upheaval

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STATES SUCH AS Minnesota and Utah that both conduct regular stress tests to prepare for unexpected shocks to economic growth and tax revenues and that have robust rainy day funds are among those better positioned to ride out the worst of the ongoing coronavirus-fueled economic crisis, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report published on Thursday. Read More>>

SUCCESS Story: Juvenile Justice Services Youth Recidivism Rate Declining 

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Historically, more than half of youth served by Utah’s Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) reoffend within one year of their original offense; however, recent data indicates this is no longer the case. Goal In April 2018, JJS and GOMB embarked on an intensive effort using the SUCCESS framework to reduce the risk of youth recidivism by 25% by 2021. Strategy JJS …

Fox 13: Gov. Herbert tours juvenile detention facility and talks with offenders on their progress

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Governor Gary Herbert visited Decker Lake Youth Center in West Valley City Wednesday, and he met with some of the juveniles offenders who are incarcerated there. “We recognize that sometimes our young people get off on the wrong foot, going down the wrong pathway. We have an opportunity to help them and correct that,” Herbert said. Gov. Herbert has a …