- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah is losing out on more than $200,000 in federal money because of a decision not comply with a federal law designed to reduce sexual assaults in prison.

Utah officials said last year they agree with the goal of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act and the state is taking steps to reduce assaults behind bars.

But state officials say they believe parts of the law hurt efforts to prevent assault, such as a requirement that prison officers announce their presence when entering an area.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1FgbMOT ) that because Utah isn’t complying, it is losing out on about $218,500 from the federal Violence Against Women Act.

That goes toward domestic-violence shelters, rape-crisis centers and victim advocates.

Utah is still receiving about $1.28 million through the fund.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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