UT Jail Loses Federal Detainees, Up to $1.6 Million Over Violations


The Weber County, Ut., Jail faces a possible $1.6-million financial hit after losing the ability to house undocumented immigrants because staff failed to screen some new prisoners for tuberculosis, improperly viewed detainees naked during processing, and didn't check the jail's perimeter fence daily, among other problems, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. federal auditors found. The Tribune obtained the report through an open-records request.

The feds' decision already has cost the county some $378,000, based on claims of having a daily detainee population averaging 80. A second audit found a series of similar violations, though officials took issue with many of those findings. This audit hammered the jail for not providing tuberculosis tests to detainees and noted that, in eight out of 10 medical charts reviewed by auditors, initial health screenings weren't reviewed by staff. Auditors also dinged the jail for not having a chronic care program in place and said those who did have those chronic medical conditions weren't seen regularly.

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