Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he's excited that the Utah Legislature was able to pass criminal justice reform during the 2015 session.
"If you go back almost 15 years, I've been advocating these specific issues," said Gill in an interview with UtahPolicy.com. "We jail more people in the United States than any other country in the world. We are the freest country in the world, but we jail more people than anyone."
Gill says the resources we throw at the criminal justice system just aren't getting the return they should.
"We went from spending $6-7 billion a year in the mid-70's and early 80's to more than $70 billion a year now just to prop up our criminal justice system. For all the money we spend, we found that 2/3 of the people who were released from prison will be back in behind bars within 36 months."
Gill has been rumored to be a possible candidate for a higher office in a few years. Some Democrats openly hope he will run for Congress or Governor sometime down the line. Gill says he is not interested in those offices right now.
"Why would I want to go anywhere else until I finish my job here?" he says.
Gill also spoke about his frustration with federal interference in the prosecution of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow, how he handles being a politician in a decidedly non-political job and his approach to social media.