“The Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission wasn’t ready Wednesday to reveal the four top sites for a new facility to replace the aging Utah State Prison at the Point of the Mountain.”
“State officials said Wednesday they’re eying four northern Utah locations that could be home to a new state prison, but they’re not ready to name the sites, yet.”
“One of the top sites for a new $450 million state prison is out by the Salt Lake City International Airport, UtahPolicy has been told. Prison Relocation Commission co-chair Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, declined to confirm that is one of the four sites that received the highest numerical scores in the commission’s exhaustive search process.”
“He believes the old Utah State Prison at the Point of the Mountain should be moved. He hasn’t been briefed on the four locations recently whittled down by the Legislature’s Prison Relocation Commission.” (See end of article)
Here is an overview of the process for developing an operational and architectural program for the new prison provided by consultants to the Prison Relocation Commission on Wednesday.
Calendar: The next meeting of the Prison Relocation Commission is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 15, in Room 30 of the House Building.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Ron Gordon, director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, presented this report to the Prison Relocation Commission on Wednesday. It details criminal justice reform proposals.
Prison pumpkin patch produces smiles: The great pumpkin patch at the Utah State Prison has once again produced a bumper crop of pumpkins — more than 2,000 — for children with significant multiple disabilities and at-risk and hospitalized children. Correctional officers delivered a truckload of pumpkins to 187 students at the Kauri Sue Hamilton School in Riverton on Thursday. Next Tuesday, officers will take another truckload of 100 pumpkins to Jordan Valley School in Midvale. (Utah Department of Corrections)
IN THE NEWS
“An apparent domestic dispute escalated to gunfire, leaving a 45-year-old Cedar City man dead and his self-confessed shooter — an ex-con [Angelo Seth Carrasco] — behind bars.”
“A St. George man [Mario Lucero] pleaded guilty to murder Wednesday and was sentenced to prison the same day.”
“A 25-year-old Vernal man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for killing another man — a slaying for which the motive remains a mystery. Jesse Anthony Saenz was convicted by a jury in August of fatally shooting 24-year-old Elvis Zachary Olsen in a grassy field near Fort Duchesne on April 11 of last year.”
“Stephen Ellenwood, 41, won’t go before the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole until 34 years from now, in 2048. But instead of waiting until then, family members of the 92-year-old woman whom Ellenwood raped and brutally beat, resulting in her death a couple of days later, were allowed to explain to the board why they believe Ellenwood should never be allowed out of prison.”
“An inmate at the Utah State Prison in Draper died Saturday, a day after he [Allen Earl Davies] was found hanging in his cell.”
STORIES OF INTEREST
“New research by the University of Utah underscores the importance of policies in the public education system aimed at helping at-risk students avoid dropping out before they get a high school diploma. Research by the College of Law found that failure to graduate is a precursor to larger personal and social problems, including a higher rate of criminal activity.”