While the nation set a record for the number of adults on parole or probation, a new study says Utah enjoyed rates far below the national average.
A U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics study released Sunday said that in 1989, the number of Utah adults on probation decreased 1.3 percent from 5,595 to 5,524. Meanwhile, the 50 states averaged an increase of 5.6 percent.Also, the number of parolees in Utah increased 4.8 percent from 1,218 to 1,277. The national average growth was 12.1 percent.
Utah had 1.19 parolees per 1,000 residents, compared to a national average of 2.48. And Utah had 5.13 people on probation per 1,000 residents, compared to a national average of 13.9.
Bureau of Justice Statistics Director Steven D. Dillingham said that last year, "The nation's probation population increased 126 percent, its parole population grew 107 percent and its jail and prison populations grew 114 percent."
The national totals of 2.5 million adults on probation and 456,797 on parole also were records.
Dillingham noted that means one in every 46 adults nationwide is under the care or custody of a corrections agency. About three-quarters of them are supervised in communities through parole or probation, and about a quarter are incarcerated in jail or prison.