In January of 2018 a collaborative effort was undertaken to ensure Utah’s correctional facilities use operational standards that are both effective and available to the public. The Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) and Utah Sheriffs’ Association (USA) agreed to work collaboratively to create new state standards for facility safety and operations.
For the first time the Standards apply to state prisons through the Division of Prison Operations (DPO), Community Correctional Centers (CCC’s) through Adult Probation and Parole, and county jails through the contract for the housing of state inmates for UDC.
The Utah Correctional Standards were developed in partnership and in cooperation with many stakeholders involved at various levels.
These Standards are available and transparent to the public, consistent with the open records law as outlined in Utah GRAMA code, Title 63G- 2. This collaborative effort is a continuation to the 2008 Legislative Audit of Contract County Facilities, Number 2008-08, which recommended UDC choose competent measurable standards as well as a grading/scoring system. The County Facilities that contract with UDC are required to meet the Core Utah Correctional Standards through contract.