SALT LAKE CITY — A shortage of open beds at Utah halfway houses has kept dozens of inmates in prison past their scheduled release.
The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole scheduled the release for 52 inmates between Jan. 4 and Feb. 4, but there were no vacancies at the three correctional centers for men.
The Utah Department of Corrections says that that most inmates spent an extra week in prison.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that roughly 60 inmates are released every Tuesday. That number jumped up to 170 for several weeks because no one was released on Christmas or New Year’s Day, both of which fell on Tuesdays.
The Department of Corrections says they’re working to prevent future backlogs.