Incarcerations/Budgets Surpass Crime Rate.
The study also found that while Utah's crime rate rose only 7 percent from 1984 to 1998, the inmate population skyrocketed 250 percent. The report cites a national political trend toward tougher sentences as part of the reason for the growing prison population.
Housing an increasing prison population is the priority for Utah's correctional budget, according to both the report and Michael Chabries, interim director of the DOC, which means funds are limited for prison programs such as job skills training. Chabries said that although the programs are in place, the resources for training nearly 5,500 inmates are not.
The study also discovered that 75 percent of the inmates eventually released from prison probably will return -- through parole violations or new crimes. According to Chabries, among inmates involved in job skills programs, the recidivism rate drops to 20
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune.
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|Title Annotation:||budget for the Utah Department of Corrections|
|Author:||Harry, Jennifer L.|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2001|
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