Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — July 9, 2015

• Utah House funny man, Rules co-chair and all-around decent bloke Rep. Jon Cox has jumped ship for the governor’s office as his communications director. That’s the second Cox the governor has stolen from the House, the place of all things awesome and theft-worthy. You might recall that he grabbed Spencer Cox as his LG a while back. (Who was promptly replaced by Jon Cox.) It should be noted that the governor’s budget boss is Kris Cox, and word on the street is that he’s looking for a place to put…

Jim Dabakis: Salt Lake’s West Side dissed again? Tax increase and the prison?

The Mayor worked to get a tax increase if prison goes to West Side–should the revenue go to build up the long neglected West Side? The Salt Lake City Airport site for the new prison is wrong. Dead wrong. The proposed site is near I-80 and 7200 West. The Prison Relocation Commission is looking for a 500 acre patch, the airport location has about 4,000 acres from which to choose. In March of 1853, Governor Young established a territorial prison. On the outskirts–of civilization. That area today contains Sugarhouse Park. By the 1951, the city had engulfed…

Media Release: PRISON RELOCATION CHAIRS TO ATTEND OPEN HOUSE, Q&A SESSIONS [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * May 14, 2015 *CONTACTS Representative Brad Wilson Prison Relocation Co-Chair 801-309-3602 Senator Jerry Stevenson Prison Relocation Co-Chair 801-678-3147 Brian J. Bean Policy Analyst Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel 801-928-8421 bbean@le.utah.gov *PRISON RELOCATION CHAIRS TO ATTEND OPEN HOUSE, Q&A SESSIONS* Events Set for Salt Lake, Tooele, and Utah Counties SALT LAKE CITY – The co-chairs of the Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission (PRC) will attend and participate in the three informational meetings hosted by the PRC. Events will be held in Salt Lake, Tooele, and Utah…

Prison Relocation Commission to host Open House – Dates, Times, Locations [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * April 28, 2015 *CONTACTS**: * Senator Jerry Stevenson Senate Chair of the Prison Relocation Commission 801-678-3147 Representative Brad Wilson House Chair of the Prison Relocation Commission 801-425-1028 Brian J. Bean, Policy Analyst Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel 801-928-8421 bbean@le.utah.gov UTAH PRISON RELOCATION COMMISSION TO HOST OPEN HOUSES/Q&A *SESSIONS* Events Set for Salt Lake, Tooele, and Utah Counties SALT LAKE CITY – Three informational public open houses have been scheduled for citizens to learn about the five potential sites for the new Utah State Correctional Facility. Events…

Prison Relocation Should Help, not Harm, Utah’s Economy

  Over 70 years ago, as the state was looking to relocate the prison in Sugarhouse beyond the urban sprawl of the time, they settled on a 700-acre site in Draper. At the time it was a rural community far enough away to allow for future population growth, while still close enough to courts, prison personnel, volunteers and hospitals to effectively serve those housed there. As the population of the Salt Lake Valley has continued to expand, the current prison location is now at the intersection of the state’s two…

“On Point,” Feb 6, 2014

On Point presented by Sutherland Institute focuses on the political and policy issues facing Utah, hosted by an all-female panel of Utah’s political insiders. Today’s show features Holly Richardson of the “Holly on the Hill” blog, Michelle Mumford, assistant dean at the BYU Law School, and Brooke Adams, reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune. The panel discussed prison relocation, women in prison, recidivism, unforced errors in the Amendment 3 case, women in politics and education funding.