5 Projects to Watch in 2016

This year, there are several major justice facility construction projects underway. Correctional News has selected five projects to follow and will provide readers with status updates throughout the year as these projects celebrate groundbreakings, topping-off ceremonies and final completion. Read on to learn more about the projects and what to expect from them in 2016.

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Utah Prison Development Commission to Seek Construction Manager

SALT LAKE CITY — On Nov. 5, Utah’s Prison Development Commission adopted a recommendation that includes hiring a company to manage the construction of a new prison in Salt Lake City. Following two hours of contractor testimonies, Commission members agreed to move forward, according to Deseret News.

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Utah to Build New State Prison

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution in August to move the Utah State Prison from Draper to a site west of Salt Lake City International Airport.

Now that the governor signed off on the about $550 million project, the state can begin finalizing the purchase of the land and designing the new facility. It will be designed with space for rehabilitation and treatment programs, and will house about 4,000 inmates.

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Utah Counties Consider Hosting State Prison Inmates

SALT LAKE CITY — As the state of Utah searches for the next location of their state prison, counties are looking to take advantage of the economic boost that would come with hosting the new correctional facility and state inmates.

Tooele, Sanpete and Juab counties have expressed interest in housing the new state prison as well as utilizing county jails to contract state inmates.

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Utah Senators Consider Moving State Prison

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Senate is debating a bill that would relocate Utah State Prison and establish the Prison Land Management Authority, a committee that would choose the new location of the prison.

Headed by Senator Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, SB 72 would move the prison from the current 690-acre site in Draper at a cost of $550 to $600 million.

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