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Study on Utah immigration and crime released

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Recent legislation and public uproar has led to discussion over illegal immigration and crime in Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Recent legislation and public uproar has led to discussion over illegal immigration and crime in Utah.

Utah’ Sutherland Institute recently published a report outlining crime/correctional data on illegal immigrants in Utah.

The Sutherland data reveals that while there are several undocumented people within Utah’s legal criminal/legal system, they make up only a small percentile of the total.

The data also suggests that the rise in illegal immigrants in Utah does not correlate with any rise in Utah’s crime rates.

Here’s Utah’s illegal immigrant/criminal data by the numbers:

-Undocumented immigrants make up about 5% of all detainees in Utah’s county jails

-Of the average 6,185 inmates in the Utah State Prison system, only 282 of them are undocumented immigrants (4.6 percent).

-Among murderers in the Utah state prisons, undocumented immigrants represent 12 percent.

-Among sex offenders in the Utah state prisons, undocumented immigrants represent 9 percent.

-Since 1978, Utah illegal immigrant population has grown from 300 Hispanics per 100,000 Utahns to 1,100 Hispanics per 100,000 in 2008. During that time, the Utah violent crime rate (aggravated assault, robbery, forcible rape, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter) decreased from 272 crimes per 100,000 Utahns to a decades-low rate of 224 crimes per 100,000 Utahns in 2008.

Other data are more difficult to track, such as how many illegal immigrants use stolen identity to gain employment and governmental benefits.

The report was written by BYU sociology professor Dr. Charlie V. Morgan with assistance from John Cutler.

The Sutherland Institute is a conservative public policy think tank headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Another research project funded by the Center for American Progress estimates that there are approximately 10 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, and that it would cost about $200 billion to arrest, detain, legally process and transport (deport) all of them over a 5-year period.

Be sure to watch ABC 4 News Thursday at 10:00 p.m. as Don Hudson spends a week with an illegal immigrant to see how she tries to work, live and not get caught while living in Utah.

----Information from: Sutherland Institute.


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