SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah corrections officials say they're on track to open a new community-based residential center aimed at keeping parole violators from going back to prison.
The Utah Department of Corrections' Parole Violator Center is slated to open in spring 2012.
The 300-bed Salt Lake City center will house those on parole from the Utah State Prison who may have violated minor conditions of their release.
The center will provide tougher, more structured supervision alongside treatment programs to address core issues like addiction and other challenges. It's designed to allow parolees to stay in the community so they can maintain employment and family relationships.
Corrections officials say the center provides a less expensive alternative to sending people back to prison.
Utah lawmakers allocated $3.6 million for the center.