Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, left, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Matt Dumont and Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera unveil a new public information tool for the Salt Lake County Jail during a press conference at the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office in South Salt Lake on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. The Jail Dashboard pulls data from the jail's data system and is updated every day.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, left, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Dumont and Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera unveil a new public information tool for the Salt Lake County Jail during a press conference at the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office in South Salt Lake on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. The Jail Dashboard pulls data from the jail’s data system and is updated every day. | Steve Griffin

SOUTH SALT LAKE — Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera wants to open up her jail to the public — at least online.

On Wednesday, Rivera was joined by Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson to unveil the Jail Dashboard Project. The dashboard is an interactive tool that allows the public to see in real time how many people are incarcerated at the jail and their demographics.

The dashboard breaks down the jail population by gender, race, age, and severity of crimes.

It also provides statistics about how many times the average inmate has been in jail, how long an inmate stays in the jail on average, and how many people are released each day due to overcrowding.

The dashboard is something the sheriff’s office has been using for about a year. But Rivera said the decision to share it with the public will help increase transparency.

“We get called all the time about who’s in our jail and why are they in there. This interactive tool is going to help the public understand more,” she said.

But Rivera also hopes the dashboard will spark public dialogue about some of the problems the jail has faced for years, such as overcrowding and being a revolving door. By studying the kinds of people who are being put in jail, Rivera hopes more alternatives to incarceration can be found.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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