Tag: draper

More questions in prison relocation scheme

A few months ago, it looked as though the prison move was pretty much a done deal. But the last few weeks have made it look a little less of a sure thing. At the initial meeting where the prison relocation commission, made up primarily of legislators, announced their top six sites, protesters from Eagle

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On prison move: We’re evolving

It is interesting what a year of study and reflection will do. Last year at this time we were working with various groups to oppose moving the Utah State Prison from its current location in Draper, at the south end of Salt Lake County. A year ago the legislature was rushing through, without consulting the

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Legislators should declare conflicts of interest in prison move

Salt Lake City — Good government group Alliance for a Better UTAH, a longtime observer of the Prison Relocation and Development Authority, has released the following statement following the Utah House Republican Caucus’ decision to move forward with the prison relocation: “We hope state legislators will take advantage of the historic opportunity they have to

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Prisons and jails are separate for good reasons

Prison policy, after years of neglect, is finally drawing more attention as both sides of the political aisle find areas of common ground. The topic has received additional attention in Utah due to discussions about moving the state prison from its current location in Draper. Increasingly important in these conversations are the roles of jails

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Before Utah builds new prison, it should build new prison policy

Better UTAH analyst Eric Rumple took to the opinion pages of the Salt Lake Tribune this weekend to discuss the Prison Relocation and Development Authority (PRADA) and their efforts to move the Utah State Prison from its current location in Draper. Eric argued that PRADA has neglected the important topic of prison reform in their

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Private prisons coming to Utah?

This is the last in a series of blog posts exploring the inner workings of PRADA – Utah’s Prison Relocation and Development Authority. Check out the first, second and third posts, too. Get ready, Utah! You’re about to get screwed. Up until last week, I wasn’t quite sure where this prison relocation debacle was headed. But

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Prison Relocation: PRADA Ignoring the Present

This is the third in a series of blog posts exploring the inner workings of PRADA – Utah’s Prison Relocation and Development Authority. Listening to PRADA talk about the proposed prison relocation is a lot like looking through a pinhole. Through the pinhole, you see the prison, in isolation, sitting on high-value Draper real estate.

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Prison relocation “discussion” is happening in a vacuum

This is the first in a series of blog posts exploring the inner workings of PRADA – Utah’s Prison Relocation and Development Authority. The media spotlight is squarely planted on the John Swallow debacle, so you might not know that there’s another excellent dog-and-pony show going on at the Capitol this summer. The Legislature-mandated and

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