County executive wants better reimbursement for jails

Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon says he is concerned that the Utah Legislature won’t find enough money in the budget to reimburse counties for state prisoners housed in county jails as a condition of probation. Lemon says Governor Gary Herbert has suggested reimbursement money be taken from the state’s rainy day fund, but Lemon agrees with legislators that it’s not good to use one-time money for ongoing programs. “One of the things that is troubling is that the judges, to some degree, are putting them in jail because the state is releasing them sooner and they want them to be in jail longer,” Lemon says. “Now see that’s just the opposite of what it should be. “The state prison is the place where we should have people that are going to serve for longer periods of time, not the county jail.” Lemon says he realizes money is scarce but he hopes there will be at least some available for jail reimbursements.

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