West Valley City • Advocacy groups are asking the public to consider not only where a new Utah State Prison should be built, but how a new penitentiary could help inmates stay out of trouble when they are eventually released.
The People Not Prison Coalition is a group that includes drug and mental-health-treatment organizations, the ACLU of Utah, the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City and the Disability Law Center, among others.
"We can't afford to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Andrew Riggle with the Disability Law Center.
The Prison Relocation Commission is expected to recommend a site from among five finalists by Aug. 1. This coalition of advocates doesn't have a favorite location and would be open to leaving the 4,000-bed prison in Draper if the state would still commit to building a new complex.