Comments about ‘Move the Utah State Prison, relocation authority tells lawmakers’

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Published: Thursday, Feb. 6 2014 7:14 a.m. MST

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Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

Redshirt,

Let me help you even though I am not a liberal I am actually a conservative, but I will try anyway. Who is a paying for the new prison? Taxpayers. Who is paying for the relocation? Tax payers. Who will pay for the increased costs associated with moving the prison further from Salt Lake? Taxpayers. How long will it take to recoup the money spent? At least 10 years if developers are not given a sweetheart tax deal, which we all know will happen.

So the bottom line is that Joe taxpayer will have a his/her money "confiscated" for a new prison so a small group of developers can get richer than they are now.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@RedShirtCalTech

"I know that the liberals here hate it when somebody profits..."

... and I know that the conservatives love to use a broad brush...

Sniping is always the best way to get your point across.

Legal?
Saint George, UT

Buy and raze the homes close the refineries and move the prison there.

RedShirtCalTech
Pasedena, CA

To "Fred44" yes, taxpayers will have to pay for the relocation, but they will have to pay to upgrade the prison and to maintain it. In reading the report, it seems like if the area is developed into a similar neighborhood as the surrounding area, the additional tax revenues in combination with the sale of the land will offset much of the cost to build the new prison. Then, with the additional continued tax revenues that the state would collect through the high value of the property and the property taxes, the impact to the state budget will be negligible.

Overall, the report makes a compelling case for moving the prison, you should read it.

mcclark
Salt Lake City, UT

All these complaints about our legislators, so who are you going to vote for next time? Yeah, thats what I thought. The only person on the board to vote no was a Democrat.

oddman
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Move it to Thompson or Green River. What an economic boom that would be for them. Move the judicial buildings there too. They could provide cheap labor for the melon fields and when they escaped it would be much easier to find them in their brand new pink undies. Just think of the tans they could get to enhance their tattoos with the endless sunshine. Heck, they could even be used to build a gigantic water park in Cresent Junction and help develop the lone and dreary world of the Utah Desert.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

I have previously worked for Department of Corrections. I can guarantee no matter where the new location is it will be opposed. lawsuits will be filed, people will demonstrate. It is a no win situation. A move was proposed to I believe the Fillmore area. One demonstrator held a sign that said I don't want my children to work at a prison. I was a Correctional Officer at the time with B.S, degree. People have a lot of misconceptions about prisons. They think that everyone who is incarcerated is an axe murderer. Moving the prison to a remote location will cause a lot of problems. There are over two hundred volunteers that donate time. They are not going to drive to West Box Elder County. What about medical care. Let's say an employee is injured and the nearest hospital two hours away. I am for relocation only if a suitable location can be found. I don't see that happening. The Not in my backyard philosophy is prevalent in Utah.

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