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Op-ed: Changing the prison more important than moving it

12 January 2015 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist

By now, we’ve all seen the buttons, the hand signs, the T-shirts: “No Prison In (Insert Your Community Here).”

This first was published on January 10, 2015, in the Salt Lake Tribune as an Op-Ed by Anna Brower Public Policy Advocate for the ACLU of Utah.

By now, we’ve all seen the buttons, the hand signs, the T-shirts: “No Prison In (Insert Your Community Here).”

The residents of South Jordan, Saratoga Springs, Salt Lake City, and other sites identified by the Prison Relocation Commission (PRC) have made their opinions clear: They don’t want the prison in Draper relocated anywhere near them.

However, if residents of any municipality that ended up on the Prison Relocation Commission’s list of potential sites don’t want a prison to be built in their neighborhood, they might want to swap that “No Prison Here” T-shirt for one that declares: “Criminal Justice Reform NOW!” Because, the experts agree, if Utah doesn’t make some big changes, we will likely need to build another prison, whether we relocate the Draper prison or not.

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