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Friday February 11, 2011

Utah Study On Immigration and Crime -Only 5% of Jail Population Undocumented

Utah Study On Immigration and Crime -Only 5% of Jail Population Undocumented

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The Sutherland Institute in Utah has published a report recently that summarized information collected about crime and corrections pertaining to illegal Immigrants in Utah. 

The Sutherland data showed that there are several undocumented people within Utah’s legal system. However, they are only a small percentage of the whole. 

The information also indicated that the rise in undocumented immigration in the state has no relation with the increased crime rate of Utah.

Here are the main points:
-Undocumented immigrants make up about 5% of all detainees in Utah’s county jails

-Of the average 6,185 inmates in the Utah State Prison system, only 282 of them are undocumented immigrants (4.6 percent).

-Among murderers in the Utah state prisons, undocumented immigrants represent 12 percent.

-Among sex offenders in the Utah state prisons, undocumented immigrants represent 9 percent.

-Since 1978, Utah illegal immigrant population has grown from 300 Hispanics per 100,000 Utahans to 1,100 Hispanics per 100,000 in 2008. During that time, the Utah violent crime rate (aggravated assault, robbery, forcible rape, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter) decreased from 272 crimes per 100,000 Utahans to a decades-low rate of 224 crimes per 100,000 Utahans in 2008.