SALT LAKE CITY — A study analyzing Salt Lake County’s criminal justice system revealed that a number of people discharged from jail for pretrial supervision or probation aren’t meeting the terms of their release, while those with mental illness are the most likely to end up back behind bars.

The yearlong study tracked people being booked and released from the Salt Lake County Jail, finding that one of every three people released for Pretrial Services failed to meet the requirements set for them, with the vast majority of those missing court appearances.

More than half of people violated terms of their probation, the survey found, compared to an average 35 percent failure rate nationwide.

Overall, those with mental illnesses stayed in jail twice as long and were more likely to return, while it remains murky just how many people being released have behavioral health issues or are being connected to support services, according to the report..


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