National call

SL County DA joins national call for (better) justice for all

SALT LAKE CITY – How Can Taxpayers Across The Country Get A Better Return On Investment In America’s Criminal Justice System? A Utah crime fighter provided information on KSL NewsRadio.

Across the country, 107 criminal justice leaders – including current and former elected prosecutors, police chiefs, sheriffs and former Justice Department officials – sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to create a presidential task force on prosecutions in the 21st century before the end of the year. . The working group would operate outside the Department of Justice.

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Salt Lake County DA Sim Gill at a September 4 press conference.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill joined Inside Sources host Boyd Matheson to discuss how a task force would better help ensure freedom and justice for all.

He said the task force’s goal is to create national standards of cohesion and uniformity to deliver on the promise of justice in the US criminal justice system.

The United States holds 2.3 million people in jails, prisons, and other detention centers, more than any other democratic nation.

Gill added that U.S. taxpayers spend more than $ 182 billion annually on the criminal justice system.

“I think it’s legitimate to ask what is the return on this investment? ” he said.

Gill said that while the job of prosecutors is to incarcerate the culprits, attention must be paid to reintegrating a former prisoner into society. This way we can all make sure that the punishment does not extend beyond the crime.

If they “cannot find a job, their poverty is passed on from one generation to the next, which we, the taxpayers, take care of,” he added.

In such cases, the punishment for the crime is borne by communities, especially those of color, said Gill.

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With pre-trial diversion, Gill said an offender is still responsible for his criminal acts. However, this happens without a trial or conviction, thereby bypassing the traditional criminal justice process.

Another type of return on investment for Salt Lake County taxpayers is the District Attorney’s Victim Services Program.

Gill mentioned Camp Hope where 62 traumatized children had fun and make friends in the Uinta Mountains earlier this summer. The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office got $ 500,000 in grants to organize the children’s getaway.

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