2017 Legislative Audits
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1. Summary of Report 2017-01: Performance Audit of Utah's Monetary Bail System
This audit reviews the effectiveness of the two types of monetary bail commonly offered in Utah’s district courts: cash bail and surety bond. We found that while the use of cash bail is limited, it resulted in better court attendance than the use of surety bonds. Based on statewide failure to appear (FTA) data from fiscal year 2015, 17 percent of cash bail cases had at least one FTA while 26 percent of surety bond cases had at least one FTA. We do not recommend using cash bail more frequently because our results do not account for defendant risk, which is a significant contributor to court attendance. We also found that pretrial release decisions are made without adequate information. Because pretrial decisions are made without information about defendant risk and because these decisions impact public safety, taxpayer resources, and defendant outcomes, we recommend that the Administrative Office of the Courts work towards the adoption of an evidence-based risk assessment instrument. Finally, we reviewed the surety bond forfeiture process and found opportunities for improvement. Specifically, the forfeiture process could be shortened and streamlined to better promote court appearances.
Full Report -A Performance Audit of Utah's Monetary Bail System
2. Summary of Report 2017-02: A Performance Audit of he Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division’s Employment Discrimination Unit
We were asked to review the Utah Labor Commission Antidiscrimination and Labor Division (UALD) with particular focus on the division’s Employment Discrimination Unit. We found that both the investigative and mediation processes are insufficient and need improvement. We are concerned by the low rate of cause findings in employment discrimination investigations and the perceived lack of accountability. In addition, UALD needs to address inadequate performance measures for its employees as well as high turnover. Finally, the UALD budget needs additional oversight.