SALT LAKE CITY -- Republican Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz says federal funds might be used to help relocate Utah State Prison.
Chaffetz says his new position on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security could boost moving what he calls a crumbling prison away from Point of the Mountain in Draper.
Chaffetz lives in nearby Alpine. He tells the Salt Lake Tribune he's not sure where a new prison should be.
Past proposals have been to put it in Tooele County, closer to Salt Lake City.
The Tribune reports that Gov. Gary Herbert is receptive to the idea.
The prison was built in 1951. It has about 4,500 inmates.
Before that, Utah's state prison was at what is now Sugar House Park.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com