Some have suggested that the prison be moved to a remote, rural location, but it needs to be close to large population centers for several reasons.
- Most of those incarcerated in the prison are from the urban Wasatch Front.
- It’s important that inmates have access to family, friends and programs run by volunteers.
- We want to retain as many employees at the prison as possible, and a move to a location far away would prevent that.
- We need easy access to medical care and mental health and substance-abuse treatment professionals.
- The further away the prison is located, the more it could cost taxpayers to provide the site with the infrastructure necessary for a large, 4,000-bed facility.
The Department of Corrections already has a correctional facility in Gunnison, which is in the process of being expanded. The new $30 million West One unit will house 192 inmates, bringing the total capacity at the Central Utah Correctional Facility to 1,666, when it’s complete in August 2016. The resources in a small central Utah community limit a major expansion there.