In 2014, after years of study and deliberation, the legislature made the decision to move the Utah State Prison. This session, among the major issues we’re confronting are those of funding construction of the new prison and reforming our criminal justice system.
The current prison needs hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements just to keep operating at current capacity. It is unable to accommodate programs proven to reduce recidivism and more likely return prisoners to productive lives upon release.
Unfortunately, the current prison structure doesn’t allow for many of the reforms recommended by the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice that are integral elements of these new programs.
We have a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only build a new prison, but to do it in a way beneficial to our state for generations to come.
With a little less than half of this year’s general session under our belt, we’re continuing to work hard and tackle the difficult issues tackling our state. As always, we welcome any questions, comments, or concerns, and look forward to hearing from you.