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Tooele County Sheriff says new jail needs to be built quickly

(Tooele Transcript Bulletin) Tooele County Sheriff Frank Park said overcrowding at the Tooele County Detention Center must be redressed by building a new jail soon, otherwise the county will have no choice but to release more inmates into society before their sentences are served.

“[A new jail] is going to have to happen. That’s our only option,” said Park. “The population has exceeded what this facility was designed for.”

The Sheriff’s Office has state authority to release prisoners early to alleviate overcrowding, Park said.

“We don’t release people that are charged with domestic violence or violent crimes,” he said. “The Sheriff’s Office is careful who they release, and have specific criteria who is and isn’t eligible.”

Park has been talking with Tooele County Commission for about a year about the cost of a new detention facility, what size would best serve the area, and what locations would work as possible sites. He said all of the sites being considered presently are outside incorporated cities.

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