The Uintas are composed of the Maximum Security buildings at the Draper site, including the Intake and Receiving & Orientation (R&O) facility where new offenders are admitted to the prison system. The Uintas also house higher profile offenders, death-row inmates, and severe management problems including active gang members. In total, the Uintas can house nearly 800 inmates.
Uinta 1 is the highest-security building in the Utah State Prison system. The building is capable of housing 96 inmates at its capacity. Offenders in this location are “single-celled,” meaning they do not have cellmates. Unlike traditional depictions of “solitary confinement,” offenders housed in this area can communicate with one another through the doors of their cells. They have a window allowing natural light, and they have the opportunity to recreate either indoors in a common area, or outdoors on concrete in an area that is confined by walls on the sides and chain link on the top. Like offenders in other facilities, their privilege levels and property matrix vary based on their behavior. Nearly all offenders in this facility can work their way to higher privileges and earn their way out of Uinta 1 over time by demonstrating positive behavior. Generally, death-row inmates are the only exception to this standard, as they could only move out of the death row section by having a sentence commuted to life, or by having a sentence otherwise overturned through appeals. There are currently eight (8) death-row inmates.
Uinta 5 is also known as the prison’s “Receiving and Orientation” (R&O) intake unit for males. The building is capable of housing 122 inmates at capacity. Newly sentenced offenders, offenders who violate terms of their probation and are sentenced to prison time by a judge, and offenders who violate conditions of their parole and are returned to prison by the Board of Pardons & Parole, are housed in this area during the initial phase of incarceration. This is not intended as a long-term housing situation. Instead, Uinta 5 temporarily restricts offenders’ ability to move around, access other offenders, or take part in programs while staff use assessment tools to determine each offender’s needs and to determine the ideal housing situation based on demonstrated behaviors during the R&O process. This can take anywhere from approximately one to three months in most cases. Offenders take what is called a “Level of Service Inventory” (LSI) test during this process to pinpoint their risk factors, level of supervision, and other details. This helps staff create a “Case Action Plan” (CAP) for each individual inmate. The CAP shows an inmate what he is expected to do and which programs he is expected to complete (e.g. substance-abuse treatment, sex offender treatment, thinking for a change, anger management, etc.) prior to paroling or otherwise being released from custody. This helps the prison aid the offender as he prepares for his own release from the day he enters the prison system.
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