The Prison Relocation Commission met on Friday afternoon.
For those of you who are just tuning in, the Prison Relocation Commission has the following responsibilities:
(1) to carefully and deliberately consider, study, and evaluate how and where to move the state prison;
(2) to invite the participation of interested parties and the public;
(3) to adopt recommendations regarding a new prison site(s), the types of facilities to be built, and how existing state or county facilities can meet future corrections needs; and
(4) to report its recommendations to the governor and the Legislature.
As of right now, there are five approved sites to be officially considered. Through the past year, 45 sites were considered – now these final sites will continue to be evaluated in terms of things like ground issues, wetlands and utilities access. Ultimately, the decision will come down to cost effectiveness, with the overall goal being to keep the facility away from the population and make it conducive to the topography of the land. The final decision is expected to be made by early summer.
All of the information that the legislature maintains in regards to the commission is archived online at the 2014 Prison Relocation Commission and 2015 Prison Relocation Commission pages. Switch between the tabs for membership/contact information, meeting materials, studies and recommendations, related links, and to subscribe to information.
Related materials for the most recent meeting include a Modern Correctional Facility Design presentation, a recommended Report of the Prison Relocation Commission: Improving our Criminal Justice System by Building a Leading-Edge Correctional Facility, a Correctional Facility Siting-Status report, and more.
What are your thoughts on the prison moving, and this process? Let us know by leaving a comment below, or contact your senator.