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Prison Relocation Commission pushes back deadline to pick new prison site to Oct. 1

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers are hitting the breaks on their search for a new prison site, saying they need two more months to review technical details of each of their final four sites.

Lawmakers on the Prison Relocation Commission pushed back their on Thursday by two months, saying they will now recommend a final site to the Legislature by Oct. 1.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will then call lawmakers into a special session to approve the move.

The prison commission is studying four locations in Salt Lake City, Grantsville, Eagle Mountain and Fairfield.

The new prison would replace the current facility in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper. Proponents of the move say the prison needs additional space and updates and is taking up valuable land as high-tech companies are moving in nearby.

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