Weber County Jail work crews stretched thin

Weber County Jail work crews stretched thin

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- The Weber County sheriff says budget cuts are reducing the number of work crews available for jobs in the community.

Sheriff Brad Slater recently told the Weber Area Council of Governments that the Department of Corrections trimmed his budget earlier this year, forcing cutbacks at the Kiesel facility of the Weber County Jail.

The facility houses inmates who participate in community service, work release and weekend incarcerations.

Slater says crews are being cut back because it's more expensive to supervise working inmates than those sitting in a cell.

Lt. Mark Lowther, assistant commander at the Kiesel facility, says that in the past work crews would be booked a month or six weeks out. Now some crews are booked past September.


Information from: Standard-Examiner

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