Governor signs Utah prison relocation bill

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 11:20 AM


SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law a measure that could lead to the relocation of the Utah State Prison in Draper.

Herbert signed legislation Thursday that directs an existing prison redevelopment committee to review offers from companies seeking to build a new prison or develop the old site. Proposals could not include an option for a privately run prison.

The facility currently occupies about 700 acres in Draper in Salt Lake County, where tech companies such as eBay and Microsoft have opened offices.

For several years, lawmakers have been weighing the relocation, which could cost as much as $600 million. Herbert supports the move so the current site can develop as a technology hub.

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