A Florida-based firm with national expertise in helping states and local governments figure out how to best provide correctional services emerged as the Prison Relocation and Development Authority's top consulting candidate Wednesday.
The board selected MGT of America Inc., which also has offices in Texas, California and Washington, to be its master planning and programming consultant as it considers the feasibility of relocating the Utah State Prison. The state must still negotiate a contract with the firm, which is expected to happen within days.
The Prison Relocation and Development Authority (PRADA) has initially agreed to spend up to $500,000 on the consulting firm's advisory services. That includes refining solicitations for firms interested in building a new prison; redeveloping the nearly 700-acres the Utah State Prison currently occupies; or doing both projects.