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Why Utah’s new prison design is considered cutting edge

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Why Utah’s new prison design is considered cutting edge

By Eric Schulzke, Deseret News | Posted - Mar. 3, 2017 at 10:53 a.m.

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Utah’s current prison in Draper is steel gray and massive inside. As if from a scene in a dystopian film, long rows of clamorous cell blocks recede into the distance with four vertigo-inducing levels of cells hovering overhead, all lit with harsh fluorescent lights.

The state's new prison, however, will look very different, starting with a more human scale, according to planners. Smaller units set on just two floors will all open onto a day room. Cells will be angled to capture natural light from large windows in the commons area with colored walls, while windowed doors on cells replace gray steel bars.

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Eric Schulzke


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