Normal prison operations, including visitation, will resume on Monday, officials said.
More than 2,400 incarcerated people were moved to Utah’s new state correctional facility this week, a “monumental task” that followed the prison’s completion in June, which marked the largest project in construction of the history of the state.
All 2,464 prisoners were transferred on Friday afternoon. Upon arrival, each individual received a bag of free snacks and hygiene products, according to a press release from the Utah Department of Corrections.
“This transfer required considerable foresight and coordination given the logistical and security issues,” Governor Spencer Cox said in a statement. “Ensuring a safe and secure move into our new state-of-the-art correctional facility has been a monumental task and we commend everyone involved for a job well done.”
The new 200-acre facility is located 5 miles west of Salt Lake City Airport and provides increased daylight for inmates and staff and new programming opportunities, aimed at helping individuals to better reintegrate into society, the statement said.
The Department of Corrections said normal prison operations, including scheduling and visitation, will resume on Monday.
The process for sending mail to incarcerated people will not change, although officials noted that the address will. The new prison mailing address will be provided when normal operations resume.
Any mail already sent to Draper’s old address will automatically be forwarded to the new prison, officials said.
For more information on updated processes regarding visitation, mailings, and asset retrieval, families and loved ones of incarcerated individuals can visit corrections.utah.gov/move-to-uscf/.
The facility was originally expected to cost $550 million to build in 2016. But costs soared to $1.05 billion when it opened in June.
Utah officials on Tuesday announced a group of developers the state has selected as lead partners for The Point, the massive development planned at the former Draper prison site.