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Most Utahns oppose relocating state prison, according to new poll

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Posted at 7:58 PM, Dec 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-17 21:58:17-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- A new poll from UtahPolicy.com shows a majority of Utahns want the Utah State Prison to remain at its current location in Draper.

Lawmakers have said moving the prison is the most cost-effective thing to do, as it would free up the land for development while a brand new facility could be built somewhere else.

But finding another location has been difficult. The State Prison Relocation Commission announced six possible sites earlier this month, but no one seems to want to welcome the prison to their area. Many residents in the proposed areas have staged protests against the possibility of having a prison in their neighborhood.

The new poll indicates 54 percent of registered voters in Utah think the prison should stay in Draper while 35 percent believe it should be moved. The poll is based on a sample of 609 registered voters between December 2 and December 10.

FOX 13 News’ Caroline Connolly has more on the issue, see the video above for her report. Click here to visit UtahPolicy.com for more of the poll’s findings.