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(KSL News) Utah has about 6,500 inmates, 1,500 are in county jails. That has many people asking questions.
Some are saying the legislature has been reluctant to build enough bed space, while passing legislation enhancing criminal penalties.
A spokesman for the nonprofit Citizens Education Project says about 20 enhancements are passes each year.
It costs tax payers $72 a day to house an inmate in state prison, compared to $42 a day in jail.