WHICH company is willing to pay 400 million for 600 acres in
Bluffdale/Draper?I suspect some VERY powerful forces are at work at
the legislature to push this through. I also suspect the costs for the new
prison are underestimated, by at least 25%. But only after the deal is approved
we'll be told what they are. Conversely, I doubt if ANYONE at
the legislature really believes they can get even 200 million for the land,
especially since all the buildings would have to be demolished to make the
property developable. Not in todays economy.How about all the
transit of prisoners? The prison has to continuously ferry inmates to the
courts, or to UMed center.How about all the community volunteers
that go there to have family home evenings, offer substance abuse counseling,
etc.Wherever the new prison goes, will those individuals still be
available to help inmates?WHATEVER cost savings the state makes with
building a more effecient prison will be lost in the day-to-day transit of both
prisoners and work personnel.
A state legislator says..."We're talking about human
dignity, that we treat prisoners as people and not as commodities,"Why not go a little bit farther...How about...We're talking about human dignity, that we treat all Americans as people
and not as commodities.Perfect.
Neiderhauser needs to retire. privatization is not good for utah. we've
tried it it was BAD! Other states have treid it and it's BAD! Why
can't he figure that out!
I agree with Mike Noel on something, has the world started spinning backwards?
The last paragraph of the article states: "The cost for relocating the
prison is estimated at as much as $600 million, but backers of the plan say at
least two-thirds of that cost would be recouped in savings from selling the
Draper property and by constructing a more efficient, modern facility."That means the taxpayers will still be on the hook for $200 millions
dollars to move the prison. Can we (Utah taxpayers) afford to spend that much
money? Who stands to make money by having the prison moved? Does the $600
million include training an entirely new staff, or moving current staff,
depending on the new location?Why close something that still has a
lot of useful life in it. Something smells to high heaven about this whole
Any ideas as to where this more efficient and modern facility would be located?