The Department of Corrections will have to use leftover money from previous years to fund its Parole Violator Center, but lawmakers provided $2 million a year to pay for operational costs and $1 million in new funding to county jails to house more state prisoners. Leftover funds will pay for rising medical costs for prisoners.
Juvenile Justice Services took a funding hit. Four youth-receiving centers in Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden and Farmington will face reduced operating hours.
The Department of Public Safety will see additional Utah Highway Patrol troopers and be able to give some senior officers pay raises. The state crime lab will get funding to hire a new forensic investigator and increase the salary of its firearms expert. State courts received funding for its only request this year: a legal self-help center for residents in the most populated parts of the state.