“The data suggests Utah’s criminal justice system has not yet developed an effective response for offenders who suffer from serious drug addiction,” reads the 182-page report. Auditors determined there are too few treatment services available, especially in rural parts of the state. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. 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