February 7 2017
Salt Lake Tribune- Salt Lake County Mayor McAdams: fund drug treatment or scrap justice reforms
Salt Lake Tribune- Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said recent criminal justice reforms should be rolled back if the alternative to jail isn't treatment, as intended. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), passed two years ago, aimed to save taxpayers money by imposing misdemeanor penalties instead of felonies on people in possession of drugs.
But without $100 million from the state's expected Medicaid extension, McAdams said Tuesday during his State of the County address, "thousands of people left state prison without treatment, jails have new offenders and there's no money for diversionary treatment."
"It is justice de-investment," said McAdams, who has called on the state to use $30 million it set aside in anticipation of a $70 million federal match. "Those people are on our streets, and our communities are less safe."
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