Salt Lake City residents don’t want kids living in 'shadow of a prison fence’
SALT LAKE CITY — Sophia White is taking her concerns about relocating the Utah State Prison to one of two sites in Salt Lake City to a higher authority.
Attending a news conference and rally Tuesday at the Utah State Fairpark to oppose relocation of the state prison to Salt Lake City,* the 6-year-old held a handmade sign expressing her wishes to Santa Claus: “All I want for Christmas is no prison in my backyard.”
Mayor Ralph Becker said relocating the prison to Salt Lake City is “wholly inappropriate.”
Salt Lake City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa said the city hosts the vast majority of state prison parolees, among them sex offenders leaving prison, as well as the only federal parolees center in the state.
- North Salt Lake City Councilman Conrad Jacobson said the proposed site is a half-mile from an elementary school in his community, three-quarters of a mile from three other elementary schools, and another would be 1 mile from the location.*
“That’s unconscionable,” Jacobson said.
Apparently, this will not pass. It is still an interesting story.