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Department says it's short on money to treat sex offenders

Department says it's short on money to treat sex offenders



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A report says the number of sex offenders in Utah prisons has more than doubled since the Legislature last approved new money for treatment.

While new laws cracking down on sex offenders have put more people in prison, the Department of Corrections says it hasn't gotten increased funding to provide adequate treatment.

During the 2008 legislative session, the department asked for $1.27 million for treatment. The department didn't get any new money.

In 1996, lawmakers appropriated $410,000 for sex offender treatment. There were about 900 people incarcerated for sex offenses then. As of Aug. 15 of this year, there were nearly 1,900.

Department spokeswoman Angie Welling says the waiting list for treatment continues to grow, meaning more offenders are not completing treatment.

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Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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