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Prison relocation authority says 2015 too long to wait for bids

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  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    Dec. 12, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    The transparency of the Developers trying to obtain the prison property in Draper is simply overwhelming!
    It is pretty obvious that they have figured out, and probably already spent the enormous amount of money they believe will come to them should they pull this over the eyes of the public.
    Utah,,,,
    Just say NO!

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    if our elected people can make money with office they do. the dont make enough in office so they make it up with self interest projects

  • McMurphy St George, Utah
    Dec. 12, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    It seems that some members of the commission don't need a consultant's report. They have already decided the prison should be moved and the sooner the better.Follow the money.

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    @CHS 85:

    "wrz Why does someone from Phoenix even care where the Utah State Prison is located."

    I could be from Chicago, Anchorage, Tucson, etc., if you prefer. I could show you how to be from Phoenix, if you'd like. I like the place because it's warmer there.

    "The prison is conveniently located for the families of prisoners, the volunteer who provide countless hours of service, and convenient for the employees who work there. Leave it where it is."

    Good point. But what about the realtors who are eyeballing the place? What about those poor souls? They need to have something to do as well.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    I'd like to see a breakout of representatives on the committee, and what their regular professions are. I'm betting a lot of them have direct (or indirect,) vested interests in real estate development and we'll see their development firms lining up to profit from the use of that land.
    I like that the governor is considering other options for the corrections department as well. It's a wise move to expand our existing facilities; instead of building one huge facility out in the middle of nowhere which would add to its operating costs (and in turn cost the taxpayers more) we ought to consider building more specialized, smaller facilities. Some inmates can be rehabilitated and deserve to be close to those resources that will help them do that. For those career criminals that don't want to put for the effort...those are the ones that we can send to the remote facilities where they can wait out their time.
    It's great deal for Draper City and the developers who will purchase the land, but not taxpayers.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    Let's just leave it alone and upgrade the facilities in Draper. There is absolutely no reason to build a new prision other than fat cat developers are salivating over the development potential and all the money that they will make. They are the ones that contribute to the politicians that will make the decision.

    The slower, the better. Sorry Hutchings.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    @wrz

    Why does someone from Phoenix even care where the Utah State Prison is located. The prison is conveniently located for the families of prisoners, the volunteer who provide countless hours of service, and convenient for the employees who work there. Leave it where it is.

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    Dec. 11, 2013 11:02 p.m.

    Move the prison and turn the place into a UofU/BYU/UVU (pick one) extension facility.

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    Something like this is worth being done right, since so much is at stake - increased costs for transporting prisoners from prison to court hearings, medical treatments, employing new/additional workers, changing contracts, volunteer availability, ease of visits for family to those incarcerated, the list goes on and on.

    Those calling for the timetable to be 'sped up' are greedy and short-sighted, and impatient for results, since they see no payoff in their immediate future. This will affect Utah for 20-30 years or more, so taking at least 10% of that time to make the decision is a wise plan of action.