Comments about ‘Inside Utah State Prison: Should it stay or should it go?’

Return to article »

Most facilities have years of use left

Published: Sunday, Feb. 24 2013 5:45 p.m. MST

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Red Smith
American Fork, UT

The promoter claim a $20 Billion economic benefit to Utah by developing the 600 acres
prison site. Kennecott Copper mine is a $1 Billion dollar company. It is impossible for 600 acres to be equal to 20 Kennecott's.

There are plenty of other 600 acre sites in Salt Lake and Utah County to develop without moving the prison.

We don't want to become congested like Denver. Spread the development around. The Point of the Mountain is already congested.

Leave the prison where it is. Give the developers some other 600 acres with the same tax perks. Development is good. There are other good locations to develop.

Saint George, UT

The prison should be moved further away from hospitals and courthouses (Places prisoners rarely need to go). This way they will require more transportation and fuel costs - creating jobs. Shovel ready jobs. Brilliant.

I'm glad we've elected good politicians who spend their days dreaming up ways to spend our money and take care of their buddies. There is nothing better than a solution in search of a problem.

If anyone needs to be furloughed, it's politicians.

Tax money is sacred. It should be treated that way. Politicians should be finding ways to save the tax payers money, create value, and enforce the laws on the books - not the opposite.

When CEO's don't perform, they get canned - as they should. When politicians don't perform, they get re-elected.


I suspect the "move the prison" idea was generated by just a few big shots, who either are, or have been, state legislators, (or their golfing buddies.)

Most of us understand that the RINO's on Utah's capital hill couldn't care less about their constituents. They sheeple seem to re-elect them no matter what they do.

Problem is; the "move the prison" idea will turn out to be a much more expensive debacle than they have ever saddled the state taxpayers with!

Taylorsville, UT

Spot on comments so far, there is no economic benefit or security risk for the relocation of our prison. Some say its overcrowded, but changing some blue laws and deportations we could unload half the prison population to MEXICO and S America where they come from. Especially in drug related victimless crimes. Sending them back to country of origin is worse penalty than putting them in the luxurious accommodations of Hotel Utah Prison.

With the threat of state funding losses it would not be wise to put the public at more financial tax risk and development risk on land deemed not safe for development or homes or commercial use by the USGS. Government greed allowed development on vulnerable beach property in West Jordan and South Jordan expansion and the home owners are now finding out why the USGS had also condemned the unstable land from homes and commercial development.

Its very unlikely any developers will foot the bill to relocate the prison so the state must use caution and common sense financial consideration before any more major spending commitments.

Bountiful, UT

If the money supply were infinite, or at least not so tight, then move it to whereever. Given the situation as it is, let land developers pay for the move if they feel its worth it.

Cache county, USA

Politicians just lining there pockets with these deals.

Kaysville, UT

Stop reporting the Draper Mayor. He is only serving his interests not the interests of the State. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. The problem of moving prison is when we go to find the two birds or even one they will be gone. They claim high tech wants to come to Utah. Then why hasn't the land around Adobe been sold? Because it's a wish and dream not a truth.

Bountiful, utah

A stupid, unnecessary, and expensive plan borne of self interests and likely bribes.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Only if the developers who covet that land agree to pay the full cost of moving the prison.

Otherwise it's just more Republican Socialism.

Socialize expenses, Privatize profits.

Kaysville, UT

The government of the United States of America has been closing military bases and selling the land for approximately 40 years and the government hasn't made a fortune out of those sales and benefits. Some developers have made money. Some of those bases were on pristine land in great or fabulous locations. It has not changed the economy of those places but the rich got richer in the process, either those that procured the land or the developers that took over. Some of those bases, since they were military bases were not perfect locations. Places like the Presidio and San Diego may have been perfect places due to weather or location but they were few and far between.

The Point of the Mountain prison has advantages for prisoners and their families to be closer to each other. We have county jails that are newer and even though small benefit the rural areas with jobs and supplemental jobs. It provides separation for those offenders that need separation from other prisoners. The Gunnison prison is a prime central area for an expanded prison, separate from county jails. Tooele is close to Nevada to help relieve Nevada's prisons, money.

St George, Utah

If the estimate of $600 million to move the prison, a $20 million annual savings in maintenance and $140 million for the land is accurate then it would take 23 years for the taxpayer to break even. It would take longer if the land is sold for less than $140 million.
Will there will be additional costs if more prison personnel are needed to replace volunteers unwilling to travel to the new site?
40,000 jobs -- are those jobs that would be created only if they were in Draper or are they jobs that would be created somewhere else in Utah? How many of those 40,000 are already somewhere else in Utah but would just be moved to Draper?
Red Smith has a point -- I am very skeptical about the $20 billion in economic benefit.
Finally, I am concerned that this proposal to move the prison is being railroaded through the legislature. Will the legislature make a thoughtful and in-depth review of the proposal or will they just hand-off the decision to a commission largely composed of representatives of those who will benefit from the move -- and I don't mean the taxpayer.

Kearns, UT

The last paragraph said it all. Draper wants more money.

Kaysville, UT

Land developers and county commissioners of the past have their process in order for money and dollars. If high ranking officers want to have money for everything they do for their constituents, "Where is the Money, if you want me to help you?" Money may not be the root of all evil, but it is the route of the evil for some of elected officials that want gain for their efforts. When we lived in Illinois for 9 years, a state that has been rampant with the effects of bribes and offers to public officials and many of those high ranking people spending time in jails and out of office, it seems as if people would learn. However, they fall into the same process as they are smarter than those other guys that got caught. I believe there are plenty that can talk around in circles and appear to be doing the right thing.

You can choose to be happy without being rich. I have lived in plenty of poor countries where the people were happy and glad to be alive, each day. They may have lived in a place that didn't have freedoms as we do nor prosper.

S.L.C., UT

There is no reason aside from the greed of a few to move the prison, true the main building from 1950 needs to be replaced. The rest of the campus has 25-35 years of useful life left. All of the studies have suggested the ground under it will not cover the costs to rebuild it elsewhere. Hence the sham Independant Commission with authority to tax issued bonds and enter contracts with little or no oversight. And the incentives to a "for profit" prison corporation to bid on it.

Ahh a shred of truth, the Prison will be sold, Private Providers will build new facilities with the guarantee the state will keep them filled and everyone will be happy, except the taxpayer who is on the hook for it all.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

This idea doesn't pass the "smell test".

If the legislators want to even consider this goofy idea they may want to put off any sort of ethics reform - until AFTER they've lined their pockets.

That way they can be "innocent of any wrongdoing". (snicker, snicker)

Peter Coyotl
West Jordan, UT

The deal has been done. The pockets have been lined. The prison is going to be moved to open up the land for the backroom dealers.The heck with the employees who wil have to relocate or lose their jobs. The heck with the families who cannot travel far to visit and encourage their loved ones. The heck with the tax payer stuck with footing the bill. This is what happens when a state has, what is in essence,a one-party system.

The elected folks in power can do whatever they want to do. They know that they will get away with it-unless they leave an e-mail trail and/or meet with dubious characters in doughnut shops. If things get too hot they clamor for reform until the heat dissipates and everything goes back to their version of normal.

Our state motto should be "Where is my slice?"

Salt Lake City, UT

My2Cents: I generally agree with you. BUT it would be irresponsible for our state to send a bulk of illegal alien prison inmates back to their home nations. While you view this as a punishment, in reality they would be back in our neighborhoods within a week. You'd have murderers and rapists never serving any time or punishment for their horrendous acts. How many people do you think are serving time for drug-related crimes (alone) at the prison? I'll give you a hint, the prison reports 4%. That'd make some room, but it's negligible. Doesn't seem like space constraints are driving this conversation anyway.

JWB: The county jail program is not a solution. Do you really think there are 7,000 beds available in the counties? And do you really think the counties, which have proven inadequate during various escapes (Daggett, Uintah, Garfield, Weber, the list goes on)...are capable of housing actual dangerous criminals? As a taxpayer and resident, I'm good with the counties taking petty criminals. But don't toss a massive dump of state inmates and felons in there. The counties (and all of us) would be the losers.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

I am concerned about the lack of air conditioning. Those poor inmates shouldn't be subjected to such cruel and unusual punishment.
Wait a minute. I don't have A/C. I've got a swamp cooler that I can't afford to run all summer.

South Jordan, Utah

The rush to pass the prison relocation legislation makes the financial projections suspect. If the projections were legitimate, the legislature would make them available for public comment and analysis. Experience teaches us this is just another scam to fleece the taxpayers for the benefit of a few greedy cronies.

Aunt Sue

Five years ago, the economics of moving the jail were found to be wanting. They are still wanting.
There are plenty of areas available now for new job creation, both vacant land and vacant buildings.
Private jails are rampant with scandals. How can you pull out money for profit without cutting services,endangering the inmates and the public, eliminating employee health and retirement? (then these employees look to the government for help)
Longer commutes equals more air pollution, which is just what we don't need in this valley.
The loss of highly qualified volunteers would be huge in terms of money and expertise. Their help prepares inmates to enter the workforce after their release, not return to crime and prison.
Family needs access to support inmates before and after their release.
Stop wasting money and time, get the legislature back to doing their job, and let the private sector do theirs.
Draper Mayor - GIVE IT UP!

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments