As Utah's elected officials discuss whether, and where, to move the state prison, they must not forget that the most important thing to consider is what is good for the inmates of that prison.
Not good in the sense of cozy, cushy and comfortable. But good in the sense of providing the greatest opportunity for those convicted of one crime to choose a path that will not lead to another. And another. And another.
Eager to free prime land in Draper from the tax-exempt position of housing the state's main prison, the Utah Legislature recently launched a process to select a site for a new prison. While the bulk of any financial bonanza is likely to fall to real estate agents and construction firms, state and local officials are understandably tempted by the possibility of putting the land back on the tax rolls and building on the area's already booming high-tech sector.