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Old 03-16-2017, 03:45 PM
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Post Utah building a new State prison it can't fill?

I hope this doesn't mean a shift from the state trying to shorten sentences. According to this article, Draper is about 1,000 inmates below capacity as it stands. This replacement would up that significantly.

Work on access roads to the planned new prison in northwest Salt Lake City started on Monday, with completion scheduled for November 2020. But questions remain about whether the 4,000-bed facility will be too large and if the state needs to brace for cost overruns on the project, now estimated at $650 million.

There are about 3,000 inmates housed at the state prison in Draper — about 1,000 below capacity — and incoming House Majority Leader Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, asked prison officials Wednesday if the Corrections Department really needed a 4,000-bed facility, especially at a time the state is trying to shorten sentences for nonviolent crimes through its Justice Reinvestment Initiative.
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Does Utah house any out of state?
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Originally Posted by TheAmazingMrsB View Post
Does Utah house any out of state?
I was thinking that, too, or looking to rent bed spaces. Cali seems to be fond of looking for room outside the state.
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Originally Posted by TheAmazingMrsB View Post
Does Utah house any out of state?
That would seem to make the most sense. I'm so thankful AZ doesn't house as many out of state as they used to. But the private prisons they are packing full here are awful so it doesn't much matter.
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