Inmates are not permitted to have money in their possession. To facilitate their ability to make purchases, an inmate’s money is held in an inmate account, which is opened for them upon arrival at the prison. Inmates’ primary source of income while incarcerated generally comes from family contributions and prison-based employment. Inmates may use the money to buy items from the Commissary and pay fees and other debts.
Inmates incur certain costs which are deducted from their accounts. These deductions include medical copayments for health-care service, doctor or dental visits, prescriptions, glasses, dentures, fines and child support. A percentage of funds contributed to an inmate’s account may be used to fulfill any of these financial obligations. One exception is child support, which is deducted from any wages earned while working in the prison. The funds that remain are available for an inmate to spend.
The Utah Department of Corrections uses a third-party provider (Access Corrections) to handle deposits to inmate accounts. Download the deposit options here. Kiosks are at the main visiting entrances at the Utah State Prison and Central Utah Correctional Facility. You will need the inmate’s full name and offender number.
By mail: Download payment form and follow instructions provided.
By telephone: Call 1-866-345-1884 – A $6.95 transaction fee is applied for phone transactions.
By Internet: Visit AccessCorrections.com to establish an account. A $6.95 transaction fee is applied for internet transactions.
At kiosks in visiting areas: The kiosks are available during regular business hours and accept cash, debit or credit cards. A $3 per transaction fee is applied for cash transfers and a $3.95 per transaction fee if using a credit or debit card.
Walk-In locations: Access Corrections has partnered with Cash Pay Today to provide walk-in locations that accept deposits to inmate accounts. Visit CashPayToday.com to register and find locations near you. For more information, call 844-340-2274.
For general questions about Inmate Accounting, please call 801-545-5500.
Inmates are allowed to purchase items from the Commissary once each week. The Commissary offers a variety of items (food, hygiene, clothing, stamped envelopes, paper, etc.). The amount of Commissary items an inmate is allowed to purchase, as well as the type of items he or she is allowed to purchase, is dictated by housing facility and individual privilege level.
Often the answer is no. Inmate accounts are subject to certain deductions. It is the policy of the Utah Department of Corrections to help offenders manage their income and debts. If an offender has unpaid debts on his/her account, the UDC may take up to 60 percent of all incoming funds to help satisfy all unpaid debts until the debts are paid in full, but will never be less than a $15 balance. Money will also be taken from an offender’s account to satisfy any lien or garnishment that comes from the Office of Recovery Services (ORS), which will never leave less than a $5 balance. Inmates are not denied services due to an inability to pay.
Medical copays are posted to inmate accounts on a weekly basis. If there are sufficient funds in the account to cover copay costs, those funds will be deducted. If there are insufficient funds to cover the copay, a deduction will automatically be placed on the offender’s account, which will take 60 percent of any incoming funds. Inmates are not denied medical services due to an inability to pay.
There is only certain account information that may be shared by our Inmate Accounting staff. Staff can say if a money order/cashier’s check has been received and placed in the account as long as you know the sender’s name and amount of the money order/cashier’s check. Staff will not provide information regarding an offender’s account balance, how much an offender owes on deductions, who else might be placing funds on the offender’s books or if the offender is sending any funds elsewhere.
Books may only be purchased through the prison Commissary and are sent directly to the prison by the book vendor. Each book is inspected before being delivered to an inmate. Family and friends may get a magazine subscription for an inmate by filling out a subscription form listing the inmate, his or her offender number and the facility address. Magazines are then mailed directly to the inmate by the publisher.
You can find a list of banned publications and the banning criteria here (FD03 – Mail – Procedure, section 02.02 – Prohibited Mail). If you have questions about books, magazines or other inmate property issues, contact Inmate Property at 801-522-7771 or 801-522-7772.
Here’s the most recent list; however, other publications are still evaluated on a case-by-case basis and could be denied based on content.
The Utah Department of Corrections (“UDC”) hereby gives NOTICE that an individual may request a record of an inmate’s financial account in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act (“GRAMA”). As a government agency, UDC is bound by the rules outlined in GRAMA. Many of UDC’s records are classified as “Private” pursuant to GRAMA. Such records include Inmate financial statements (Utah Code Ann. § 63G-2-302). Pursuant to Utah Code Ann. § 63G-2-202, UDC “shall, upon request, disclose a private record to . . . any individual who has a power of attorney from the subject of the record; or who submits a notarized release from the subject of the record dated no more than 90 days before the date the request is made.”
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Robert has worked for the Utah Department of Correction’s Finance Bureau for the past 28 years. He was appointed to serve as the Department’s Finance Director starting in January of 2016. In his role as the Finance Director, he is responsible for all aspects of the Department’s budget including the annual appropriation request to the Governor, the annual fiscal year closing, and making sure that the taxpayer funding entrusted to the Department is accurately accounted for based on Utah law, policies and procedures, and proper accounting principles. The Finance Bureau has responsibility over the budget, accounts payable, offender accounting, contracts, and grants.