Utah's Need for a New Prison: Costs & Benefits of Prison Relocation
Group: Utah Department of Corrections
In 2013, MGT of America (MGT) contracted with the Utah Prison Relocation and Development Authority (PRADA) to provide master plan options for the potential relocation of the 4,000-bed Utah State Prison located in Draper, Utah. In January 2014, MGT, with a group of specialty subconsultants (team), submitted its preliminary report of findings and recommendations that outlined the costs and benefits of relocating the prison. Subsequently, the Legislature and governor approved a resolution supporting prison relocation and establishing the Prison Relocation Commission (PRC), whose main purpose is to “carefully and deliberately consider, study, and evaluate how and where to move the state prison” (2014 General Session S.B. 268, Prison Relocation Commission). The PRC’s charge assumes the prison will be moved and it is outside the scope of the commission's charge to spend its limited resources evaluating the current site. The PRC has therefore directed its efforts to finding and assessing new sites. As part of this effort, MGT’s contract was extended so that MGT could assist the PRC in identifying and evaluating potential prison sites and developing an initial assessment of the type of facilities that should be constructed to accommodate the growth in Utah’s offender population and to facilitate implementation of effective inmate programming. Since July 2014, the MGT team has been diligently working to assist the PRC to identify, screen, and evaluate potential sites, and has developed an operational and architectural program for a new correctional facility. This report combines analysis from the last two years of work into a single document.
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