Under the new plan, once the secured population, or the number of inmates assigned to a bunk, reaches 1,700, the jail will not accept anyone for confinement who is arrested for class C misdemeanors. If the population hits 1,750, individuals arrested on class B misdemeanors will not be booked into jail and at 1,800, individuals arrested for class A misdemeanors will not be accepted. At 1,850, the jail will not take suspects arrested for some nonviolent third-class felonies. If the population reaches 1,900, the jails will consider placement in alternative release programs for prisoners who have served at least 60 percent of their sentences for misdemeanors.
However, there are exceptions to the caps and alternative placements, they include cases that include domestic violence, protective orders, DUI-related arrests, vehicular manslaughter, child abuse and any charges that would require a convicted person to register as a sex offender or kidnapping offender under state law.
Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder believes that the Jail Cap Management Plan will assist with the state's goal to reduce crowding in jails and recidivism.
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