Mayor Ben McAdams
Governor Gary Herbert announced that Mayor McAdams would serve on his Prison Relocation and Development Authority (PRADA) board on May 29, 2013.
Mayor McAdams is committed to being a leader in regional planning for Salt Lake County. The issue of where to move the state prison, currently located in Draper, as well as how to pay for it, is an important concern for county taxpayers and the criminal justice system.
After months of discussion, PRADA voted to move the Utah State Prison in February 2014. Mayor McAdams was the only PRADA member to cast a "no" vote. The mayor thought there was not enough information on what moving the prison would mean to local governments, to the families of those incarcerated, and to the criminal justice system - especially reducing the revolving door of offenders in and out of prison.
Read this Salt Lake Tribune article for more information.
In order to have a better understanding of the Utah State Prison property, the mayor toured the site in July 2013.
Mayor McAdams responded to the governor's PRADA appointment in the following statement:
“I would like to thank Gov. Herbert for his thoughtful approach regarding this important issue. Whatever the final outcome, the work of PRADA will have lasting implications for the residents of Salt Lake County and the state of Utah. I support the governor’s position that the ultimate decision should be driven by facts and data. I will be a watchdog for Salt Lake County taxpayers. Governor Herbert and I share a desire to achieve progress for the benefit of the people we serve.”
The mayor requested to serve on the Prison Relocation and Development Authority board on April 10, 2013.