Letter: Prison relocation

Published: Wednesday, July 2 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, July 1 2014 8:03 p.m. MDT

During the Prison Relocation Commission meeting on June 17, it was stated by the Corrections Executive Director that the relocation of the Draper Prison should not be in a rural area. The whole concept of moving the Draper prison is due to the current location’s higher use. To leave the prison in areas that are quickly developing, like Salt Lake County, would be antithesis to the whole intent of relocating . To stay in populated areas is contrary to the intent and would require another relocation in the near future.

The desire of a small town or county to host a prison facility is more important than some of today's relocation criteria; a small community wanting the jobs will work hard to pull a prison facility together. Today's criteria are important, but the commitment of a small community is what will make relocation successful for the long term.

Doug Fullmer

Salt Lake City

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