It doesn't have to be too expensive. Arizona has prisoners living in tents.
There are a lot of very isolated places in Utah where a lot of tents could be
The weather along the Wasatch Front is not very conducive to a tent prison like
they have in Arizona. Minimal expense in housing inmates is a good idea and a
worthy goal, but when we get many months of snow and sub-zero temperatures... it
wouldn't work. If you have to have an indoor facility you can
move inmates to when temps are consistently below freezing for weeks...
it's not really a good idea. It would not only be uncomfortable, spending
all winter in a tent could be life threatening for even a healthy person.The slow approach is probably a good thing. But people need to start
getting used to the idea that the prison probably can't stay the same size,
in the same place, forever. Our population has grown a LOT since the prison was
built. The size of the prison has not grown to keep pace.If we
don't move... we need to spend a LOT of money expanding the existing
facility.Maybe we should keep some inmates at the current facility
(since people like the convenience) and build another facility in a less urban
area that can handle the population growth.