Utah Department of Corrections


255 E. 300 North
Gunnison, UT 84634

The Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison opened in 1990. It houses up to 1,600 male inmates. Construction of a new 192-bed unit is set to begin in March 2015.

The Gunnison prison is split in two housing facilities: Henry, opened in 1990, and Boulder, opened in 1998-2003. Within Henry are the following housing units: Aspen, Birch, Cedar and Dogwood. Boulder includes the following housing units: Elm, Fir, Gale and Hickory.

The facility offers a variety of opportunities for inmates, including high school education, substance abuse treatment, life skills courses and four Utah Correctional Industries work programs (Sign Shop, Contract Sewing, Inmate Uniform Sewing, Mattress/Pillow Production).

The South Sanpete School District oversees the prison's high school education program. Snow College, Dixie State University and Uintah Basin Applied Technology College offer vocational training programs.

Inmates with substance abuse issues may participate in the HOPE (Help Offenders Parole Effectively) program, a residential, therapeutic-community treatment program.

The Central Utah Correctional Facility employs approximately 400 people. The vast majority of employees live in the Six-County region (Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier and Wayne counties), with one-fourth living in Sanpete County.

 2017 05 CUCF Warden Nelson

Shane Nelson is the Warden of the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF).

Shane recently, appointed as Warden in May of 2017, marked his 20-year service anniversary with the Utah Department of Corrections. During that time he has served in many locations and positions in the department.  Shane started his career as a correctional officer at Utah State Prison. He worked his way up through the custody ranks and spent some time working as an agent with Region 6 AP&P.  He has spent the last ten years of his career as Deputy Warden of CUCF.  Among his many endeavors and accomplishments as Deputy Warden, Shane recently led efforts to open the Ironwood Unit and implement the direct supervision model at the facility.  This model is used throughout the agency and will continue to serve as a critical operational model for the new correctional facility.

Shane’s participation on many statewide committees and projects has given him a thorough understanding of the interconnectedness of the department’s operations. He is poised to bring increased collaboration and participation to CUCF and continue the facility's longstanding reputation as an important and dynamic part of the UDC mission.  He is a strong leader with a great ability to build teams and bring people together.