SALT LAKE CITY, Utah— Court records show the suspect in the shooting of two Salt Lake County deputies had violated probation for at least the fifth time two months before Saturday’s shooting. His probation had been revoked but he was not put back in jail.
Criminal justice experts say currently, many probation and parole violators in Utah aren’t going back to jail. The violent, high-risk offenders are, but because of COVID-19 restrictions and criminal justice reform, many low-risk and misdemeanor offenders aren’t jailed.
“The criminal justice system, it needs an overhaul. Everybody knows it, said Nann Wride-Zeeman. She lost her husband, Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride in 2014.