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In preparation for the once-in-a-lifetime move from the Utah State Prison in Draper to the new Utah State Correctional Facility in Salt Lake City, the Utah Department of Corrections has created a General Order to cover what incarcerated offenders can bring with them during the transport to the new l...

The Utah Department of Corrections is just a few months away from moving the prison population at the Utah State Prison in Draper to the new Utah State Correctional Facility in Salt Lake City. We have received recent questions from the incarcerated and their families regarding their physical propert...

With the decrease of Covid-19 cases throughout the state, the Utah Department of Corrections is resuming in-person visiting beginning April 1, 2022. There will be no age restrictions. Inmates can now have up to three visitors per session, as long as at least one is a child. Protocols that were pre...

A number of individuals were promoted at Sergeant Pinning Ceremonies recently at the Fred House Academy in Draper and at the Central Utah Correctional Facility. Altogether, 30 of the 110 individuals who applied for sergeant passed the testing process. The process is both intimidating and difficult, ...

For the last several months, the commissary, which is a store operated by UCI that sells various products to incarcerated individuals, has experienced shortages of items and unusually inconsistent staffing.  UCI is working diligently with our vendors to purchase products and maintain commissary ...

Due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, in-person hearings at either of Utah’s prison sites have been suspended. Individuals will still be able to listen to live broadcasts as hearings occur at the following address: https://bop.utah.gov/hearings_live_stream. If you had planned on...

In the wake of increasing COVID-19 cases in Utah, in-person visiting has been suspended at both the Utah State Prison and Central Utah Correctional Facility. Officials with the Utah Department of Corrections do not anticipate that this will be a long-term suspension. If you have scheduled a visiting...

UPDATE Communications office, Dec. 16, 2021 Holiday Gift Bags are no longer available for purchase. Thanks to all who participated!   The 2021 Holiday Gift Bags are now available from the Utah Department of Corrections’ commissary. There are two packages being offered. The Jumbo package costs...

Page updated 10/29/2021 Visit coronavirus.utah.gov for statewide information. See updates below in the “Latest Update” section for more information regarding outbreaks at the Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison. Have specific questions re...

  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently introduced new rate caps to ensure that “rates for interstate and international phone calls are just and reasonable for all Americans.”   In working with our provider, GTL, we anticipated that adapting to the new regulatio...

  The Utah Department of Corrections celebrated the 2021 Department Awards event Wednesday at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. More than 150 gathered at the event center to celebrate those who have gone above and beyond in their quest to make the corrections department one of the best in the nation....

Incarcerated individuals housed in Timpanogos and Promontory got a couple of special visitors recently. Bob, an American kestrel, and Phoenix, a red-tailed hawk, made an appearance at the two facilities thanks to the conservation group The Peregrine Fund. Erin Katzner and Chris Parish showed off th...

Beginning August 1, in-person visiting will now be Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Each visit will be approximately 1.5 hours. Video visiting will occur Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Each visit will be approximately 30 minutes. Both video and in-person visits will still n...

Like many of their high school counterparts, South Park Academy’s 2021 graduating class battled the challenges of learning in the time of Covid-19. But they faced additional obstacles, such as incarcerated students. And yet, in a multipurpose room inside the Promontory housing facility at the Utah...

Beginning June 18, 2021, the Utah Department of Corrections will resume in-person visitation. Each inmate will be allowed one (1) 40-minute in-person visit or one (1) 30-minute tablet visit per month. Visits must be scheduled in advance and can be done here. Loved ones wishing to visit in person mu...

National shortages of various products and international supply chain issues are impacting Utah Correctional Industries’ ability to get many of our products in commissary. UCI has dozens of products that are out-of-stock or awaiting shipping from vendors. UCI continues to look for other vendor...

On the day before their graduation from the Utah Department of Corrections Pre-Service Academy, Class 318 gathered in the gym at the Fred House Training Academy. There were tears of joy. A small ceremony was held. People spoke about commitment. They offered “thank-yous” to those that provided su...

(4/21/2021: This story has been updated with information on rates and contact numbers.) The Utah Department of Corrections will move its phone system at the Utah State Prison in Draper (USP) and the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) in Gunnison to the new vendor Global Tel*Link Corporation (...

Video visiting is now available at most housing units at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison. CUCF now joins Utah State Prison as having video visiting available. Schedules for both CUCF and USP can be found here. Prior to scheduling your visit you will need to have taken these steps...

Nearly all of the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper incarcerated individuals 70 years or older will receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Utah Department of Corrections officials. Last week the clinical services team personally screened and offered the vaccine to every incarcerated individuals...

We are excited to announce that we will launch video visiting across the Utah State Prison in Draper beginning February 1. We are still working on technical issues within maximum security, but we remain hopeful that in the coming weeks we will be able to roll out video visiting there as well. Prior ...

UPDATE: Learn more about how to set up your visit here. We are beginning the testing phase of the Utah Department of Corrections’ video visitation system. We need your help to complete this testing phase. We cannot begin full-scale implementation until the testing phase is complete. In order...

To the families and friends of incarcerated individuals, We’d like to offer you the opportunity this holiday season to send your loved one a holiday gift bag through our commissary services. On our website is a step-by-step guide on how families can make an order online. There is a limited sto...

Traditions have been one of the many casualties of 2020. But the Utah Department of Corrections refused to let one go, even in a pandemic. Despite the obstacles the year has brought, offenders and staff members at Utah State Prison were able to deliver hundreds of pumpkins to children with special n...

A letter signed by law enforcement officials in Utah — including Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Mike Haddon — has been released taking issue with an editorial cartoon recently published in the Salt Lake Tribune. The drawing depicts columnist Pat Bagley’s interpretati...

Like a number of his counterparts in the healthcare world, Tony Washington has been searching for ways to control costs while improving patient care. Washington has a few additional wrinkles that others don’t have to deal with, though. First, he is mandated by law to provide his patients first-r...

Few doubt that going to prison can be challenging. Few realize, however, that leaving prison can also be daunting. As part of an effort to help offenders successfully transition back into the community, the Utah Department of Corrections offers the Real Transition program. Originally taught at Centr...

The Serving Time Cafe, operated by Utah Correctional Industries, a division within the Utah Department of Corrections, has announced they are permanently closing operations effective immediately. “Out of concern for the ongoing health and safety of the Utah Department of Corrections staff and ...

Midway through March of this year, Utah Correctional Industries had produced a grand total of zero face coverings in its history. By April 24, UCI had made 60,000 face coverings. By the end of May, that number could hit 130,000. That’s how quickly the arm of the Utah Department of Corrections was ...

Denise Druce leads inmates in a Yoga class in the Wasatch gym at Utah State Prison.   As the two dozen or so men put their bodies into positions that for some may feel awkward or unnatural, Denise Druse reminds them – constantly – to forget what many learned as young athletes. “Don’t pu...

There are gingerbread houses. Then there are gingerbread stories. These are the latter. Two massive gingerbread houses were created by inmates in the Timpanogos Womens Facility’s culinary program. Each reflected a story – one of toys and one of the season. The theme for the first house was based...

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