From: Neal Westwood
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Leave the Utah State prison right where it is!
Date: Wed Jan 21 22:33:49 MST 2015
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Dear Representative,

 

I intend to contact as many Utah State Legislators as possible in order to get this conversation rolling.  That must be ahead of the time when the Utah Prison Relocation Commission might act in a foolish manner that is definitely not in the best interests of all people in the State of Utah.   You say, well the prison has to go somewhere.   Yes it does.   But have you noticed how intense and excited people are becoming when the subject comes up about sticking a new prison facility in their town?     I have hardly ever seen this much visceral and emotional response about any subject.   Rightfully so.   If the prison must be relocated then the new location should be in one of our most remote and most inaccessible locations.  That inaccessible place should also be surrounded by miles of 20’ foot high fences topped with concertina wire, and the grounds thereon should contain several packs of slightly hungry Doberman Pincers to discourage any prisoner from ever having a desire to foolishly walk away from their own safe confinement areas.    

 

Some of the good citizens of Draper may rightfully believe their turn is already over.  However, most resident’s there have long known what they were getting into.   Many professionals in law enforcement and corrections choose to be there because it is a nice place to live and it is a convenience for them and their families.   When you must relocate a prison facility,  the administrators obviously go through a period  of time, when despite the finest of designs and intentions, many people will strain at every aspect of that facility and be able to escape anyway.   I do remember that happening several times at the Point of the Mountain in the past.   Today I think the good guys inside have figured out where all (most) of the weaknesses were that the bad guys were then able to exploit.  I have not heard of it happening for a long time.  That is another reason to just leave it where it is.

 

Decisions made by our elected officials about this very issue, is one of the most tender and sensitive issues that exists for the State of Utah,  and should be treated as such.   A wrong, or inappropriate decision could adversely affect the entire state for generations to come.

 

Thanks for your public service.

 

Neal Westwood, Taylorsville