Utah Department of Corrections

In 2014, the Utah Legislature voted to move forward with relocation of the Utah State Prison in Draper, the State's largest correctional facility. It approved the site recommended by the Prison Relocation Commission in August 2015. This page will provide updates on construction of the new facility and links to reports and news articles about the prison relocation process.

For additional information and news about the development and construction of the new Utah State Correctional Facility, visit this page.


July 29, 2016: DFCM Eliminates East Parcel From Consideration


July 29, 2016: State zeroes in on prison land

The information below is about the Prison Relocation Commission and site selection process for the new Utah State Correctional Facility, which is expected to be operational by 2020.

Prison Relocation Commission Reports

July 16, 2015: Correctional Facility Siting Report on Draper Site 

July 16, 2015: Correctional Facility Siting Report Potential Locations

July 16, 2015: Transportation Report

March 27, 2015: Site Screening Assessment Report, Round 2

March 19, 2015: PRC Information Brochure, Vol. 5: Elements of a Modern Correctional Facility

February 27, 2015: Report of the Prison Relocation Commission

Jan. 5, 2015: PRC Information Brochure, Vol. 4: PRC Narrows Prison Site Alternatives

Dec. 22, 2014: Prison Relocation Commission Public Engagement Plan

Dec. 22, 2014: Updated Correctional Facility Siting Status Report

Dec. 12, 2014: PRC Information Brochure, Vol. 3: Moving Forward

Dec. 3, 2014: Correctional Facility Siting Status Report

Dec. 3, 2014: Site Screening Results for 14 Highly Ranked Sites

Nov. 21, 2014: PRC Information Brochure

Oct. 22, 2014: Overview of Operational/Architectural Program

June 24, 2014: Siting timeline 


Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel Documents

June 2014Site Identification Criteria as specified in HCR 8 and SB 268

Criminal Justice Reform

Feb. 17, 2015: Criminal Justice Programs and Amendments (HB 348)

Nov. 12, 2014: Justice Reinvestment Final Report

Nov. 12, 2014: Justice Reinvestment Report Summary

Oct. 22, 2014: Justice Reinvestment Initiative


In the News

August 19, 2015: Legislature approves moving prison to Salt Lake City site

August 4, 2015: Commission to pick new Utah prison site Aug. 11

April 11, 2015: Group wants to use referendum to keep the prison in Draper

April 10, 2015: Why The Prison Relocation Commission Is Taking So Long

Feb. 28, 2015: State commission now looking 5 spots for new Utah prison

Feb. 27, 2015: Good 4 Utah tours Utah State Prison

Feb. 25, 2015: Lawmakers asked to give commission authority to relocate state prison

Feb. 25, 2015: Prison Relocation Could Cause Collateral Political Damage

Jan. 19, 2015: Corrections officers worried state prison could move too far away

Jan. 7, 2015: Tooele, Grantsville leaders sign resolution opposing proposed prison site

Dec. 28: EDITORIAL: Utah prison movers miss opportunity for real change

Dec. 25: EDITORIAL: Time to make best of prison move juggernaut

Dec. 24: EDITORIAL: Prisons bring much positive change

Dec. 22: List of potential prison sites cut to three

Dec. 22: Moving the Utah State Prison isn't a done deal

Dec. 19, 2014: EDITORIAL: Relocating the state prison

Dec. 19, 2014: Opposition to prison relocation focus of meeting in Tooele County

Dec. 17, 2014: Majority of Utahns Oppose Moving State Prison

Dec. 17, 2014: Commission has misgivings about Utah prison site finalists

Dec. 17, 2014: Salt Lake City prison sites could get hit by tsunami-like wave

Dec. 16, 2014: Sen. Hillyard hopes to see prison reform with prison relocation

Dec. 16, 2014: Plan to relocate prison to Salt Lake City 'too much for our community'

Dec. 15, 2014: Drop West Jordan from potential prison sites list, property owner says

Dec. 14, 2014: EDITORIAL: Prison location to Eagle Mountain doesn't make sense for taxpayers

Dec. 11, 2014: EDITORIAL: Lobby hire feeds suspicions on prison move

Dec. 11, 2014: Tooele Valley Residents Protest Prison Relocation site

Dec. 10, 2014: Eagle Mountain to use taxpayer cash to fight prison plan

Dec. 10, 2014: Eagle Mountain officials oppose prison; Saratoga Springs gets off state list

Dec. 9, 2014: Saratoga Springs works on development deal to keep state prison out of town

Dec. 8, 2014: State prison does not belong in Utah County (Editorial)

Dec. 3, 2014: Six potential Utah prison sites unveiled

Nov. 13, 2014: Justice commission: Drug possession should be a misdemeanor

Nov. 12, 2014: Utah commission approves proposals, including making drug possession a misdemeanor

Nov. 8, 2014: Careful consideration of prison sites should include state's current site (Editorial)

Oct. 30, 2014: Prison relocation process slows down

Oct. 22, 2014: Commission not ready to announce top sites for prison relocation

Sept. 29, 2104: Weber County bows out of prison site competition

Sept. 3, 2014: 25 possible sites identified for Utah's new prison