Fred Cox: How to Keep the Prison in Draper Utah

The prison can obviously be re-built new on site in 2 phases. It will not cost more, and will likely save money. 93 percent of the voters in my area said even in January to keep the prison in Draper. They knew it would cost money. How much we keep of what is good will save more, but I believe even if we rebuilt the entire complex at Draper, the cost building new at the other sites will be more, counting wetlands, water, sewer, transportation, etc. Back to the sketch.…

Moving the State Prison To Weber County?

During our most recent interim legislative meeting, we received an update on the the Draper Prison relocation process.  We were told that 25 sites have been selected throughout the state for vetting based on a specific set of criteria.  Out of curiosity, I inquired if Weber County was on the “Top 25” list and I was told that it was. So, could the State Prison end up in Weber County?  To answer this question we have to dig into the moving parts of the process.  First, lets discuss the criteria…

Utah’s Corrections Conundrum: Finding Better Solutions

During interim session in our Judiciary Committee, we heard a compelling presentation from the Pew Charitable Trusts regarding the state of Utah’s corrections system.  We discussed how non-violent offenders (typically drug or property crimes) were receiving ever longer prison sentences for their crimes. While on the face of it, it seems to make sense that people should pay for their crimes. Yet, at the same time, the corrections system itself is having the effect of making personal reform harder on those that are incarcerated.  Prison may lock up drug users, but…

Salt City Throwdown Podcast: EP32 – Better Know a Candidate; Charles A. Stormont Edition

Its a new episode of the Salt City Throwown Podcast! This week we hit on a couple of important things before the show starts. And Smitty is also back on Track, so all in all it was a good week. First, we give a personal shoutout to one of the best guys a man could have. Simon Miller and his family are on the trip of a life time, so we sent them our best wishes and thoughts as they go to pick up their third adopted child from China.…

The UPH Daily Dose – February 20th 2014

  Welcome to the Daily Dose Presented by the Utah Politico Hub and produced by the Salt City Throwdown Podcast. Here is everything you need to know in Utah Politics for Friday, February 21 2014: The proposal to move the State Prison is backed by Legislators who have Real Estate industry ties E-Cigarette Legislation / And restrictions. Upping Utah’s rural speed limits speeds ahead – with Senators Dabakis and Robles wanting more seatbelt laws. Breed specific bills Utah’s Caucus System     How to Listen to the Daily Dose Podcast: …