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If a budget catastrophe, mixed with competing law enforcements' interests and federal healthcare law, could blow up a county jail, inmate Gerardo Valerio Romero represents the detonator.

The hands of an unidentified inmate rest outside the bars of a holding cell.
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An inmate at the Utah County Jail is racking up almost $1 million dollars in medical bills, more than half the jail’s annual medical budget. Utah County Commissioners say they have enough to cover the outstanding bills but  will need a long-term solution if the county is going to continue to care for the inmate.

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Utah’s state prison population of serious criminals has mostly dropped over the last two decades. But a new report released this week shows the number of offenders housed in jails actually rose at the same time.

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Officials at a county jail in Utah have said they won’t disclose records to the public, in part because the information is stored on a remote server linked to the internet that only certain employees can access. But in a recently filed lawsuit, the ACLU of Utah and the Disability Law Center claim the government can’t hide behind technology, not even the "cloud."

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The ACLU of Utah will continue to fight for the full release of Utah’s current jail standards. This comes after the state announced a redacted version will be available online.

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The Utah Department of Corrections says it will write new standards for safety and operations at state prisons and county jails — and those standards will be made available to the public. The announcement Friday came after media and civil rights groups had challenged their confidentiality.

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Utah’s had a rash of inmate deaths lately. In fact, the state has had more inmates per capita die this past few years than any other state in the nation.

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A former sheriff’s deputy will spend four months in jail for his role in abusing inmates at the Daggett County Jail. Twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Cox admitted to Tasing inmates in exchange for soda.

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A Utah nurse is charged with negligent homicide in the death of a 21-year-old inmate at the Duchesne County Jail. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is calling for independent inspections of county jails across the state. This follows a string of deaths inside county lockups linked to health problems and opioid withdrawals.

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The San Juan County Sheriff and two of his deputies will remain on the job for now. All three were charged Friday with criminal misconduct and obstructing an investigation.

The Utah Attorney General’s office is investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman who died while in custody at the Duchesne County Jail last December.