Six Salt Lake County residents who had been shopping at a discount warehouse store in South Salt Lake Wednesday were asked the following question:
Should South Salt Lake relent and allow the county to build a new jail facility for misdemeanor offenders on property it owns on 3300 South at the Jordan River?Here are their replies:
-Melanie Child, Midvale - "It's just as good there as anywhere else." She doesn't believe a jail for misdemeanor offenders would have an adverse impact on the area.
-Virginia Johnson, Magna - "Everybody says `They don't want it here,' but they have to build somewhere." She believes more jail space is needed in the Salt Lake area.
-Arnold C. Green, Salt Lake - "We need more jail space," he said. "No matter where they put it there will be complaints. I don't think they can find a better place." Green said he works near the Oxbow site and doesn't believe the jail would cause problems for businesses in the area.
-Rick Jacobs, Salt Lake - Rick, who moved to Utah recently from New Hampshire, said he watched the frustration level in his home state escalate while officials wrestled with jail shortage problems. While working the other day at Price Savers Warehouse, he said he saw a shoplifter turned loose at the door instead of being booked into jail. "It has to be frustrating to police to watch them just walk away," he said. The Salt Lake County Jail is currently refusing to book some misdemeanor offenders because of overcrowding.
-Chris Arntson, Snowbird - "It's a combination of government and public accountability," he said. More jail space is needed, but both sides are justified in their argument - South Salt Lake shouldn't necessarily be singled out to shoulder the community's burden to be the custodian of a jail, yet more space is needed somewhere. "The solution may be a decade or two away, even though space may have been needed 10 years ago."
-Marjorie Nelson, Salt Lake - The Oxbow site and surrounding properties are a "mosquito farm next to sewage," according to Nelson. "It's just as good in this swamp as any other swamp. They have to build it somewhere," adding that she believes property values wouldn't be adversely affected by introducing the new jail facility to the neighborhood.