Lawmakers discuss Utah State Prison relocation

Posted at 12:35 PM, Sep 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-16 14:35:50-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah lawmakers discussed a location for a new state prison Monday.

Members of the Prison Relocation Authority Committee met at the Utah State Capitol to discuss possible locations and to hear concerns from residents.

Some of the locations they are considering for a new state prison include places in Tooele County, Box Elder County and Juab County.

Committee members said Monday's meeting was more focused on getting input from the public. Family members of inmates, victims and corrections officers showed up to voice their opinions.

Many residents made an emotional plea to keep the prison in Draper. They said for families who have loved ones serving time it's crucial they maintain their visits, and a long commute would make things more difficult.

Jail employees at the meeting discussed how the move will affect the 2,000 corrections officers that are currently employed there. Some said they're not sure if they will be able to keep their jobs if the prison moves.

The move comes with a $600 million price tag. Proponents said they are trying to transform the 690 acres into a technology hub. They said it will save the state $20 billion and create 40,000 jobs.

Committee members said after hearing from the public, their goal is to now come up with a concrete plan to present at the next legislative session.