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Audit Finds Few Problems at Southern Utah Jail

Audit Finds Few Problems at Southern Utah Jail

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An audit of a southern Utah jail found some shortfalls but relatively few problems that contributed to sexual misconduct by officers.

In 2005, some male officers at Washington County's Purgatory Correctional Facility were accused of having sexual relations with women who were inmates or on probation. Two pleaded guilty and were sentenced to jail and probation. A third is awaiting trial.

The 105-page report by expert Gary DeLand that was released today reviewed hiring and training practices as well as jail policies. It was looking for policy gaps that could lead to problems. The audit also evaluated the jail administration's response when problems arise.

Overall, DeLand says the jail runs well.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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