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Salt Lake County Crime Growing

Salt Lake County Crime Growing



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake County District Attorney Lohra Miller says crime is growing worse in Salt Lake County.

She says there's been an increase in severity of crimes, with all three levels of felonies jumping in the past year.

Jail statistics show accused female criminals were mostly booked into jail for theft, drugs and assault.

In total, bookings for alleged third-degree and second-degree felonies are both up 12 percentage points. Bookings for alleged first-degree acts are up 3 percentage points for women in the past year.

Male offenses are also increasing, with alleged third-degree felony bookings up 11 percentage points, second-degree at 10 points and first degree at 3 points. Most men in the Salt Lake County Jail are also being held on theft, drugs or assault charges.

Miller says the increased crime rate overloads the criminal justice system, and without more resources, the county won't be able to tackle the problem.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News

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

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