FAQ’s

One-on-one meetings with stakeholder groups are being held to keep them updated on the relocation process. Those interested in a meeting should contact dascomments@utah.gov. Stakeholders can also sign up to receive email updates for significant developments at https://newutahstateprison.utah.gov/contact/.
The Salt Lake site was selected unanimously by the Utah Prison Relocation Committee (PRC), and approved by the Utah State Legislature and Governor. A critical part of that decision was that operating a facility on the Salt Lake City site would be significantly less costly and more efficient than the other sites – by hundreds of millions of dollars.

The PRC and the legislature agreed that those savings would, in a manner of a just a few years, make up for the higher upfront costs of the Salt Lake City site. Additionally, the Commission determined that the Salt Lake City site was best for correctional facility employees, friends and family members of the incarcerated, and the hundreds of volunteers who visit the prison. The site is close to the state’s major transportation networks and population centers, providing each of these groups with convenient access to the site.

The state’s taxpayers will realize significant cost savings over time with a new, efficient, state-of-the-art complex.

  • Keeping the prison in Draper would have cost the state an estimated $239 million in repairs and upgrades over the next 20 years just to keep it operating at its current capacity.
  • A new correctional facility allows the state to expand treatment and evidence-based programming that helps make the public safer by reducing the chance that people will commit new crimes after release.  This, coupled with the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, is part of an overall strategy to slow the growth in the number of offenders being incarcerated and reduce recidivism, both of which will help limit the number of new prison beds, and the costs to provide them.
  • The state would have to spend an additional $150 million to add program space at the prison.
  • Modern design can make prisons safer for both the staff and the incarcerated. It also saves money and leads to better outcomes for offenders by making better use of our corrections staff time. For example, state-of-the-art surveillance technologies will eliminate the need for staffing watchtowers and corrections officers can be redeployed from remote observation points at the end of the long rows of cells to provide more-effective direct supervision and increased pro-social interaction which prepares inmates for their return to our communities.
In March 2015, the Utah State Legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert approved sweeping and historic legislation to reform and reinvest in Utah’s criminal justice system. It is designed to:

  • Slow the growth in the number of people being sentenced to prison.
  • Focus prison beds on those convicted of serious and violent crimes.
  • Strengthen probation and parole supervision.
  • Increase treatment and rehabilitation services for offenders.
  • Provide more support to local corrections systems.
  • Increase oversight and accountability to ensure a fair, secure and affordable criminal justice system.

A modern state correctional facility is needed to fully implement criminal justice reform by:

  • Replacing a facility that lacks adequate, flexible space for treatment, rehabilitation, education and job-training programs that prepare inmates for a successful, safe and lasting re-entry into society.
  • Using technological innovation and advancements in security systems that allow for more efficient management of the offender population.
  • Changing the way corrections officers interact with incarcerated individuals through direct supervision, which allows officers to directly interact with inmates to address issues before they escalate. These modern supervision improvements have been shown to reduce violence in prisons, enhance programming and decrease sexual assaults.
Yes. The purchase of the property occurred in November of 2016. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020. Infrastructure including utilities and roads will be the initial priority. Over a million tons of specially prepared fill will be hauled in to shore up and prepare the ground for construction.
The site will be redeveloped, which is forecasted to generate an estimated $1.8 billion in additional annual economic output and $94.6 million in annual tax revenue for state and local governments.
Yes. Layton Okland was selected as the as the Construction Manager / General Contractor and will provide the overall construction management. Subcontractors can get pre-qualified to work on the project by visiting their website at http://laytonokland.com/prequalify.htm
Statements of Qualifications were received from two separate teams on March 10, 2016. Both teams were “Joint Venture” teams comprised of two major contracting entities. After interviews, the Layton / Okland team was selected as most qualified for this project. Both firms are local and have prior experience together. Negotiations are currently underway for the Pre-construction phase services.
Statements of Qualifications were received from five separate teams on February 19, 2016. Based on interviews, the architectural team of GSBS / HOK / CGL was selected as the most qualified team for this project. The prime architectural firm, GSBS, will be the lead member of this team.
BDK will act as a key management and technical consultant, provide project-specific expertise as well as reports to DFCM, the Department of Corrections, the Governor and the correctional facility Development Commission. In addition, BDK will provide comprehensive pre-construction services including design and constructability services, bid evaluations, value engineering and verification and tracking of cost estimates against construction budgets for all phases. BDK will also provide comprehensive construction management for construction-phase administration. In short, the Program Manager Consultant will work directly with DFCM as their Owners Representative throughout the programming, design and construction phases.
The terms “prison” and “correctional facility” are essentially interchangeable. However, the term “correctional facility” is preferred today because it signifies a focus on training, education and rehabilitation of inmates to help them become productive, law-abiding citizens. This more modern approach to corrections at the new Utah State Correctional Facility is aimed at reducing recidivism through treatment and rehabilitation services that improve people’s lives and help make our communities safer. The name of the new facility also is in line with that of the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison.
The new Utah State Correctional Facility is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2020.
Every effort will be made to mitigate impacts on the environment during this process. The State is working with environmental experts to make sure all laws are followed and impact is kept to a minimum.