sltrib.com – June 13, 2016 – . The Utah Department of Corrections will close two facilities in the coming months in response to a dwindling inmate population and shortage of corrections officers.
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The department will move 204 inmates out of the 300-bed Lone Peak minimum-security house to the Wasatch facility and 35 inmates from the 143-bed Timpanogos Women’s Correctional Facility to available beds in various jails throughout the state, according to a department news release.
The number of inmates in Utah is steadily declining, with the average monthly population decreasing by 467, making it possible to close unneeded or underused facilities, the release states. As of Friday evening, there were 452 women and 5,847 men in custody with the Utah Department of Corrections.