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Construction continues on the new Utah State Prison west of the Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo: Steve Griffin, Deseret News)
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Utah State Prison Population Booming

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A new review of the prison system shows that, despite a major overhaul for nonviolent drug offenders, the Utah State Prison added 250 inmates in 2018.

The Deseret News reports it’s the largest 12-month increase in 20 years.

From July 2108 to May 2019, about 21 new prisoners were processed each month.

The state’s new facility, being built west of the Salt Lake International Airport, will have 400 fewer beds available than at the current prison in Draper.

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