In 2015 Utah passed the Justice Reinvestment Initiative to decrease Utah’s prison population and save taxpayers $542 million in corrections spending while reducing crime rates and making our streets safer.
Unfortunately, five years later only 1/5th of the original plan has been implemented. As a result, recidivism rates have increased by 8% and Utah is at risk for consistent cost increases in our criminal justice system.
Between courts, county sherrifs, city police departments, and multiple state agencies Utah has over 30 independent organizations working on law enforcement issues. Each of these agencies are a “data silo,” meaning that they do not share the data they collect or they do not collect crucial data at all. Without that data we cannot make cost-efficient decisions nor do we have a transparent system.
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