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Review shows missed compliance standards Davis County Jail

Review shows missed compliance standards Davis County Jail

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FARMINGTON — Utah Department of Corrections inspectors during an annual review found the Davis County Jail to be out of compliance with some state minimum jail standards.

The jail has since retained compliance, but the standards that were not met are unknown, the Standard-Examiner reported Wednesday.

Jerry Pope, director of the state's prison operations division, denied requests for documentation, citing security reasons. Pope said releasing the information would reveal issues about what's going on in the jail.

But he did say the noncompliance findings "are on the very lower end of the spectrum."

The Davis jail and other county lockups have been under heightened scrutiny because of at least 23 deaths behind jail bars statewide in 2016, including five in Davis County.

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