Salt Lake has more jail beds to aid in Rio Grande crackdown

Published on August 10, 2017 at 01:43PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake County now has extra jail beds to lock up suspects in “Operation Rio Grande.”

Wednesday Utah County has agreed to house 128 Salt Lake County inmates.

The beds for the inmates freed up when the former ended its federal contract with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Pam Lofgreen, who oversees the Salt Lake County jail, says the contract was agreed to just before the Salt Lake County Council approved funding it through the end of the year.

Lofgreen says she had a Friday deadline to finalize the deal with Utah County before the Department of Corrections stepped in.

House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, called for immediate action in Rio Grande following recent high-profile crimes in the district.