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Salt Lake County’s new specialty drug court will operate the same as existing drug courts. What makes the new court different is the population it serves.

Whittney Evans

Rosie Rivera was sworn in Tuesday as Sheriff of Salt Lake County. The former Unified Police Deputy Chief faces an overcrowded jail and a homelessness crisis marked by crime, mental illness and drug addiction.

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Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder lifted unpopular booking restrictions at the county jail last month. Since then, bookings have spiked and the jail has repeatedly gone into lockdown.

Whittney Evans

Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder will be the new chief of police in Moab. Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison appointed Winder Tuesday morning.

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Salt Lake County officials  offered up on Monday funding to open additional county jail beds to help address crime in the Rio Grande neighborhood.

The Utah Legislature this year set aside $2.8 million to help Salt Lake County free up some jail beds. But because that money isn’t available until July 1st, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says he’s asking the county to put up $700,000 to immediately start moving some inmates to counties that do have jail space.

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The Salt Lake County jail was on lockdown over Thanksgiving weekend after an inmate assaulted an officer.

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Women leaving the Salt Lake County jail with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder will have a new place to go for treatment. The county opened a residential facility Monday designed to help female offenders transition back into the community.

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Utah lawmakers this year authorized millions of dollars to be used for criminal justice reform. Counties across the state are putting together their proposals right now on how they would use the funds. But Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder isn’t waiting for state approval. He’s already allocated nearly a million dollars for a new probation unit.

Jail Pond Helps Preserve Utah Species

May 1, 2015
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Salt Lake County jail inmates are getting involved in an effort to repopulate a threatened species in Utah. The County Corrections Bureau held a grand opening Friday for a new pond next to the jail, releasing 5,000 native Utah least chub into the water.

Last Resort: Alternatives to Incarceration

Oct 7, 2014
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Most people who end up in Salt Lake County jail go in with some kind of mental illness or addiction to drugs. While there, they have access to mental health treatment. They usually leave sober, but support services outside of jail are difficult to find. In the final part of our series Last Resort, KUER follows some former inmates to see what happens to them after their release.

Last Resort: Mental Healthcare Behind Bars

Oct 6, 2014
Andrea Smardon / KUER

For those in Utah who are addicted to drugs or mentally ill, jail may be one of the only places where treatment is free and accessible. In part one of a two-part series, KUER looks at how Salt Lake County cares for its incarcerated population.

Talking to people outside the Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City, you hear about job losses and the deaths of family members and friends, life events that can derail those who don’t have much of a support system, but you also hear another prevailing strain.

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Fourteen inmates at Salt Lake County’s Oxbow jail graduated today from a program that helps them successfully transition from cell to society.

Today is the 66th commencement ceremony for inmates who’ve completed the rigorous five-week, 200- hour Life Skills program. The class takes up to 16 volunteer inmates willing to learn about things like parenting, personal health, cognitive behavior, the social impact of crime and personal finance. During the ceremony Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder spoke passionately to the graduates.

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A jailed man accused of sexually abusing teenage immigrant boys and forcing them to deal drugs is dead. The Salt Lake County Sheriff says that authorities found 42-year-old Victor Manuel Rax hanging in his cell Monday night, and they believe he committed suicide.

The University of Utah is bringing science education to inmates at the Salt Lake County Jail. Starting today, scientists and educators will volunteer to give lectures and arrange hands-on projects inmates can do to get them motivated for life outside.

One by one, cell doors at the county jail open to release about half the inmates lodged in a housing unit of about 64. They take a seat and turn their attention to Nalini Nadkarni, a professor of biology at the University of Utah and director of the U’s Center for Science and Math Education.