Since the Legislature has almost unanimously decided the prison must be moved, I have some ideas.
Build the new prison on the north end of the existing property with the newer facilities all ready in use. Make the new facility pleasing to the eye yet highly functional for Utah Correctional Industries and prison operations.
The developers who wish to profit from the 500-plus acres that aren't being used can pay for the demolition of the old prison and help offset the building costs of the new prison by paying market price for the land. The new "Silicon District" could blend in quite well with the newer prison.
This would keep transportation costs down plus allow the priceless volunteers easy access, and we wouldn't have to purchase additional land at taxpayers' expense.
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