State Prison Relocation Commission announcing decision on prison location

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SALT LAKE CITY – The state Prison Relocation Commission (PRC) is expected to make a decision on the location of the prison, which is currently in Draper, Tuesday afternoon.

During months of debate and public comment, a list of more than 50 possible sites for the prison was narrowed down to the four, despite criticism from city officials and residents in every location.

The seven lawmakers who serve on the PRC have not stated their position on the issue but are expected to come to an agreement Tuesday.

If Salt Lake City is chosen, city officials could take legal action to prevent plans from going further.

“I assume that they would file a lawsuit based on public safety concerns, based on environmental concerns,” local defense attorney, Greg Skordas, said.

In the past, the city has expressed various environmental concerns, including the land’s proximity to an old landfill and wildlife impact.

Mayor Ralph Becker has said they are exploring all options, including litigation, as they await a decision.

If the commission makes a decision Tuesday, it still has to be approved by the legislature and the governor.

That would likely happen in some kind of special session.

5 comments

  • joe schmoe

    there was no debate and no consideration of public input, the decision was made years ago so people behind the curtain could fatten their wallets.

  • 8ch

    S L O W Down everyone – take a breath. The PRC is going to announce their choice and present to the government leaders. The politicians still have to decide if they take the recommendation or not. Many steps to go through – don’t get ahead of the story.

    • Finny Wiggen

      I agree that we should slow down. Unfortunately this commission doesn’t share your views. They are ratcheting it way up, very quickly. We are simply responding to their boneheaded determination to go against the will of the people.

  • ANOTHERBOB

    If we have to stick it to somebody Salt Lake City gets my vote. They have the same “not in my backyard” mentality as everybody else, but they have the available space out by the airport.

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