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OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Authorities have made public the secret operating standards used by Utah sheriff’s offices to run jails.

The Standard-Examiner reports the Utah Sheriffs’ Association last month published the operational guidelines on its website, making the documents available for public viewing.

The state had previously said the guidelines could not be released because they belong to the private consultant who created them.

The published standards redacted sections that consultant Gary DeLand considered to be his trade secrets.

The standards include about 600 separate provisions, covering areas such as inmate medical care, mental health screening, suicide prevention and procedures for investigations of jail deaths.

The association’s action follows calls for transparency after a series of deaths in Utah jails.

The association represents the 29 elected county sheriffs in the state.


Information from: Standard-Examiner,