The Elm housing unit consists of six sections, each with 16 double-bunked cells. At capacity, Elm can house a total of 192 inmates (32 inmates per section).
Elm One houses inmates with gang affiliations, separating them from the rest of the prison population. The inmates have access to a limited amount of programming and educational opportunities; they have regular access to the main recreation yard.
Elm Two and Elm Three both house general population inmates (levels 3, 4 and 5). These inmates have earned access to all programming, work and educational opportunities at the prison. They are required to be productively engaged for 40 hours per week.
Elm Four houses level 2 inmates who are required to be productively engaged for 40 hours per week as well as some who are transitioning from a maximum-security setting to a medium-security unit.
Elm Five houses gang-affiliated inmates who are moving from maximum-security to medium security or general population housing. These inmates sign strict contracts that limit them to time-controlled privileges. While few in number, these inmates require consistent monitoring by staff. The section also houses general population inmates with varying privilege levels.
Elm Six houses inmates with limited privileges and limited out-of-cell time due to problematic behavior. It also houses some inmates who are under a temporary restraining order and some who've been found guilty of a disciplinary issue.
The unit is set up as a therapeutic community, where inmates work on a highly structured treatment plan for 12 months or more. The program's therapeutic design intentionally uses a positive peer culture and environment, where high standards, morals of "right living" and pro-social core values are reinforced with privileges, rewards and recognition. The HOPE clinical staff and Fir security staff, as well as HOPE graduates, serve as role models to the program’s residents.
HOPE is aimed at helping inmates live clean, sober, positive and productive lives. Ideally, inmates leave the program with tools necessary to avoid re-engaging in problem behaviors. HOPE includes a thorough relapse prevention component that enables recovering addicts to live cautiously, knowing their next relapse could be around the corner. A companion goal in HOPE's behavior modification program is the recognition and elimination or reduction of criminal thinking and anti-social behavior after a return to the outside community.
Inmates who successfully complete the program may be eligible for a sentence time cut from the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. Click here for more information about the HOPE program.
The STRIVE program has been shown to increase success in education and productivity, resulting in fewer disciplinary write-ups and management problems. Inmates on the unit typically have a sense of pride in their accomplishments, reflected in a clean and productive environment.
Inmates have access to programming and educational packets. Recreation is allowed on a rotating basis, with one cell out at a time in each section for safety and security. Inmates have regular access to medical staff, case managers and the Offender Management Review team. They are encouraged to volunteer for work assignments and other activities to demonstrate positive behavior and thus progress to a medium-security unit.