There really is only one question that the Utah Prison Relocation Authority Committee should answer as it examines the idea of moving the existing penitentiary from its urban setting to a more remote one: Would the state have a better prison then than it does now?
Would a new prison, in some as-yet-undetermined spot, better serve the needs of taxpayers? Would it do a better job of preparing the vast majority of inmates who will be rejoining society with the tools to do so successfully? Would it be able, in furtherance of those goals, to attract and keep good employees guards, doctors, educators and volunteers? Would it help prisoners stay in touch with their families and anyone else whose assistance and understanding will be necessary for them to cross the bridge from inmate to citizen?
All those questions are so much more crucial than the brainstorm that led to the creation of the panel: Can the state or someone make a ton of money by selling the Draper site, already surrounded by rapidly urbanizing Salt Lake and Utah counties, to private developers?