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(KSL News) Officials at the Salt Lake County Jail announced today that they will finally be able to open their acute medical unit. The county has been slow to put it into use, even though it was built years ago.
The county sheriff estimates that once it opens this summer, it could save taxpayers $400,000 a year. That's because, in most cases, the jail will no longer have to take inmates to the hospital.
The unit should also reduce the security risk associated with transporting inmates.
The unit will have a staff of 11 and will be able to handle up to 15 inmates at a time.