Receiving centers survive budget axe

As co-chairman of the Executive Appropriations Committee, Utah State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, was exhausted when the 2010 session of the Utah Legislature ended on Thursday. Hillyard says it was an extremely tough year because of the revenue shortfall but he says a lot of hard work paid off and most people believe lawmakers did the best they could for education, corrections and other areas.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Hillyard says the people in corrections were pleased that the local “receiving center” was saved. He says it’s used as a place to take kids on drugs, alcohol or other aspects of crime.”They can’t take them to jail, they can’t put them in the car with them, they have to take them somewhere,” Hillyard explained. “Historically, they would take them to Ogden. So when you’re a police officer when you take a young man or young girl to Ogden it takes three hours out of your shift to drive down there, check them in and check them back. “We created up here a short time ago receiving centers in the valley so the police could take the youth there. We were able to save those.”Hillyard says the Legislature was able to get Cache County part of the jail reimbursement money they were hoping for to compensate for state prisoners being held in the county jail.

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