As a reward for implementing "truth in sentencing" reforms, the Department of Justice is granting Utah more than $4 million to help build or expand prisons and jails.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, announced the grant and said it's part of an incentive program seeking reforms to ensure violent offenders serve longer sentences."The state deserves these funds because of its laws and instituted policies that promote truth in sentencing," Hatch said.
The total amount going to the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice is $4.05 million. Part of it - $1.5 million - had been awarded in April. The rest was announced and awarded this week.