Controversy Over Crime Stats Used for DA Office Funding

Controversy Over Crime Stats Used for DA Office Funding

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(KSL News) New questions surround the crime statistics that led Salt Lake County District Attorney Lohra Miller to ask for more money.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports statistics from the Utah State Courts show felony cases have fallen in the past three years and criminal cases are actually at a five-year low.

Last week Miller told council members crime was increasing and she received an additional $1.3 million from the county council to pay for four new lawyers. She had asked for $3 million.

Miller stands by her stats, saying she used "anticipated" filings without realizing the courts had released hard numbers.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder says he stands behind Miller's numbers, saying he believes there has been an increase in violent felonies.

Some council members are asking to re-examine the issue. Still others say the numbers are irrelevant because the D.A.'s office is overworked compared to others around the country.

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