UT Gov. calls for prison reform, relocation talks

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is calling for continued discussion on a potential move of the state prison.

Herbert made the remarks during his annual State of the State speech Wednesday evening.

Utah’s prison population is on track to outgrow the 700-acre Draper facility in the next two decades.

The 60-year-old facility takes up space in a bustling tech corridor where companies such as Adobe and eBay have settled.

Supporters of the move say building a new, more efficient prison could cut state costs.

Options include replacing it at a price tag of $942 million; phasing it out by 2024 at a cost of $908.1 million; or to phase it out by 2020 at a cost of $851.6 million.

The governor is also requesting reforms to the larger state justice system.

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