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State Audit Criticizes Utah Corrections Department Oversight

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A state audit has criticized the Utah Department of Corrections for a lack of standards and poor monitoring of jails. The Office of the State Auditor released the analysis Thursday that also examined inmate abuses at Daggett County jail, which was closed in 2017. The audit says the department did not detect misconduct such as guards torturing inmates until the issues were so apparent that the department removed all 80 Daggett County inmates, The director of the Department of Corrections said it was relying on standards created by the Utah Sheriffs’ Association to ensure the Daggett County jail was functioning properly.