Cache County weighing decision to house more state inmates

Should Cache County commit to building new jail facilities if the state decides to close the Utah State Prison in Draper and relocate the prisoners to county facilities elsewhere within the state? If that happens Cache County has been asked if it is willing to commit to housing new prisoners over a 20 year period.

Tuesday night Sheriff Lynn Nelson told the Cache County Council he has mixed feelings about the proposal. He said the county is actually ahead of the curve in being able to make that happen.

“The real question comes down to how far do you want to take this?” Nelson asked. “Do you want to build one pod, two pods?

“At the current rate, 300 inmates is $6.4/$6.5 million in revenue. Of course our costs would need to come out of that revenue.”

The state has asked for an answer by October 18 but council members   said they feel that is too little time to make such a major decision. The issue will be coming up at the next council meeting or possibly at a specially-called meeting prior to that.

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