There has been a great deal of hyperventilation and consternation regarding the relocation of the Utah State Prison from Draper to one of four possible sites. Most of the criticism, if not all, is of the Not-In-My-Back-Yard variety. Along with these heated feelings come myth and misinformation in an attempt to rationally support an emotional sentiment.
The best policies are based in fact. The best policymakers seek these facts in order to inform their decisions. So, to help inform the public debate and continue a transparent and lively discussion on the future site of the Utah State Prison, here is a fact sheet that will help answer some of the most commonly asked questions.
If you have any other questions you would like answered, let me know. If this isn’t enough for you and you want to dive deeper into the issue, I recommend you review Why Move The Draper Prison?
In the meantime, I look forward to a thoughtful discussion on the selection of the final site for the new prison. Combined with our recent legislative action implementing significant corrections reforms, we should begin to experience better outcomes from our corrections system.