- Associated Press - Friday, February 17, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities cleared inmates out of a rural county jail in Utah Friday as officials put two jail employees on paid leave and announced it was investigating allegations that inmates were mistreated.

The Utah Department of Corrections said in a statement that the jail’s 80 inmates were moved from the Daggett County Jail, a facility that sits along the Colorado-Wyoming border, to the Utah State Prison in Draper, nearly 200 miles away.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Maria Peterson said county and state officials are working with the FBI while investigating the allegations, but it appears that three inmates may have been mistreated.

Peterson said the department of corrections inspected the facility and interviewed prisoners on February 3, after learning about the allegations. That same day they transferred three inmates who they believed might be victims linked with the mistreatment claims.

The rest of the inmates were moved on Friday so that a thorough investigation of the situation could be completed, which includes interviewing the prisoners.

Peterson declined to release any additional details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Daggett County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Susie Potter said two employees believed to have been involved have been placed on paid administrative leave. She said the sheriff’s office takes inmate safety and the allegations very seriously and is cooperating.

Potter said she is not aware of any inmates being injured, but declined to give additional details because of the investigation is ongoing.

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