GLADIATOR DAYS: ANATOMY OF A PRISON MURDER PART 3 OF 3
Utah State Prison, or USP, is one of two prisons managed by the Utah Department of Corrections' Division of Institutional Operations. It is located in Draper, Utah, United States, about 20 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.
The prison location was once remote and the nearby communities were rural. Since the 1950s, when the prison was built, business parks and residential neighborhoods have been developed in the area. This has prompted the possibility of moving the prison to a more isolated location. A study was initiated to determine if moving the prison would be feasable. It was determined that the Draper site would be too expensive to relocate elswhere and will remain as is.
The large prison complex houses both male and female prisoners in separate units. The prison has a capacity of over 4,000 inmates. The Draper site consists of several units named after surrounding mountains and mountain ranges. The Uintas are the maximum security units for male inmates. Wasatch and Oquirrhs house the medium security male inmates. Promontory is a medium security theraputic community designed to treat drug abusers. Timpanogos houses female inmates and Olympus is the mental health unit. Lone Peak is a minimum security unit.