Privatizing Utah prison system an option as relocation bill passes

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  • CO44 alpine, UT
    March 16, 2013 4:24 p.m.

    Two quotes from Governor Herbert that do not sit well with me, and I wanted to speak for myself and the other officers I work with. I am sure no one cares, but we as Correctional Officers do.

    "I think we should look at it. I'm probably not inclined to go with a privatized jail, but we should consider it," Herbert said in an interview as the 45-day legislative session ended Thursday.

    Okay, there is a big difference in Jail and Prison. Jail is short term. We are not talking about privatizing jails, we are talking about the Draper prison.

    "If we need four guards, I don't want two guards just as way to cut the corner on the cost," he said.

    And, I believe Governor Herbert has earned the right to be called "Governor". We are not guards, we are officers. POST trained Correctional Officers. The officers at a county jail are called jailers, but they are also Correctional Officers. If this is how our own Governor thinks of us, than he is out touch of who we are and even what it is we do.

  • mightyhunterhaha Kaysville, UT
    March 15, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    We have been hoodwinked. The Legislatures now can go home and look themselves in the mirror and say "I do not have a conflict of interest", and "I had to vote yes because State law does not allow me to abstain." They are able to fool themselves into thinking they did the right thing and were honest. They will ignore that conservative projections say it will take 17 years to pay the debt of a prison move. They will ignore that a child born at the beginning of the project will have less school funding for those 17 years. They will continue to fool themselves into think they are fiscal conservatives while it take years to pay off this debt. They will act shocked when the sequester cuts hit Utah and they have to worry about coming up with funds they have to use to pay for the prison move. They will be shocked to see the liability cost incurred by Private Corrections. They act surprised that Privatization costs more than they said it would. They will express sorrow that Corrections Officers lose good employment as Privatization takes over. They can be proud of their vote and service.

  • cns St George, Utah
    March 14, 2013 10:51 p.m.

    It might make sense to move the prison. A problem is the apparent distrust on the part of the citizens of Utah of the legislature and governor. Will the decisions of whether to move the prison and what to do with the Draper property be done with the best interests of the citizens in mind or will private monetary gain drive the decisions ? Privatizing the prison will only deepen the distrust.