HB348 made substantial changes to practices and procedures in Utah’s criminal justice system. Targeted policy shifts included penalty reductions to certain low-level traffic and drug related offenses to reduce burden placed on local jail and the state’s prison population.

Traffic Filings

Policies in the reform bill re-classified certain low-level traffic offenses from a Misdemeanor C to an Infraction. The below figure shows the number of traffic related court filings in Utah between fiscal years 2014-19 by severity. As expected, a significant shift occurred in fiscal year 2016, with the number of Misdemeanor C court filings drastically decreasing while the number of Infractions drastically increasing.