Utah Department of Corrections

Elm

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.


Fir

Fir is a dormitory-style unit capable of housing up to 288 inmates participating in the HOPE substance abuse treatment program. The unit has six sections. Each section consists of four smaller pods of 12 beds, for a total of 48 inmates per section.

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.
 

Gale
 
Gale is a dormitory-style unit capable of housing up to 288 inmates. Inmates here are enrolled in the STRIVE (Success Through Responsibility, Integrity, Values and Effort) program, with an emphasis on substance abuse treatment.

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.
 

Hickory
 
Hickory is a controlled, maximum-security unit for "level two" inmates. It has a total of six sections, each capable of housing 32 double-bunked inmates (for a total capacity of 192 offenders).

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.
 

Aspen

The Aspen unit contains three housing sections, each holding 64 inmates at capacity, bringing the total capacity to 192 (or 96 double-bunked cells).
 
Aspen One houses inmates who are generally vulnerable to manipulation and being preyed upon by others. These offenders tend to be non-aggressive. In Aspen One, inmates have access to education, programming, a recreation yard and all jobs allowed based on classification and privilege level.
 
Aspen Two houses inmates who are generally easily managed and non-aggressive. The Offender Management Review team decides if inmates may be placed in this section. Many inmates housed here are recruited to work in education and programming because of their educational and skilled backgrounds.
 
Aspen Three also houses inmates who are generally easy to manage and non-aggressive. Many of these inmates also work as tutors and aides in education and life skills programs at the prison.
 


Birch
 
The Birch housing unit contains three sections, each holding 64 inmates at capacity, bringing the total capacity to 192 (or 96 double-bunked cells).
 
Birch One primarily houses older inmates serving long sentences. The Offender Management Review team places inmates in this section based on interviews and behavior. The section is generally quieter. Inmates must have no write-ups and are expected to be productive for 40 hours per week. The section is extremely clean and generally highly regarded by long-term inmates.
 
Birch Two houses inmates with known gang affiliations. Inmates in the section are closely managed by the Offender Management Review team, with regular interviews to address behavior and productivity. This careful management keeps violence and other problems to a minimum. Depending on their privilege level, inmates may be eligible to participate in programming, work and educational activities.
Birch Three houses inmates who generally pose management challenges due to their behavior. Inmates can earn the privilege to participate in education, programming, work, etc. The Offender Management Review team strives to effectively manage this population and keep the housing section relatively quiet.
 
 

Cedar

The Cedar housing unit contains three sections, each holding 64 inmates at capacity, bringing the total capacity to 192 (or 96 double-bunked cells).
 
Cedar One generally houses newly transitioned inmates as well as general-population inmates. Most inmates here will be moved to more permanent housing as they attain higher privilege levels through positive behavior. Inmates in the section may participate in programming, education, jobs, the recreation yard and other privileges.
 
Cedar Two is a high-privilege housing section and many inmates aspire to be assigned to this area of the prison. Inmates must engage in excellent behavior, with no disciplinary write-ups. The inmates here work as section leaders and throughout the facility. They participate in education and programs regularly and are given small incentives for maintaining positive behavior. 
 
Cedar Three houses inmates who generally have behavior problems that result in disciplinary action. As behavior improves, so do privilege levels. This section is a "level two" transition section, meaning inmates are transitioning from a maximum-security setting to medium-security housing. To encourage that progress, inmates enter a contract and agree to engage in specific behavior improvements.

Dogwood (SMU)

The Dogwood housing unit has eight sections and can house 89 inmates at capacity. Many inmates here are not double-bunked due to mental health issues.
 
Section A
This is the medical unit, designated for inmates with long-term illnesses, mental-health issues or injuries needing ongoing treatment. The unit is managed by medical staff. There are typically four to six inmates housed in the section at any given time.
 
Sections B & C
This is a short-stay unit. Inmates may be held here for a night or several nights prior to a Board of Pardons and Parole hearing, being moved to a county jail or being brought from a county jail to the prison for such reasons as medical or dental treatment. Each section contains five bunkbeds. Because inmates are here for short-term stays, they do not have the ability to engage in programming or recreation.
 
Section D
This section houses inmates who are classified as "level two" and have shown through their behavior that they must be housed alone. These inmates are closely monitored due to the safety and security issues they pose. The section has capacity to house 20 inmates.
 
Section E
This section has capacity for up to 20 inmates and is currently used to keep gang members separated.
 
Section F
This section consists of two, camera-equipped cells that allow officers to monitor occupants 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cells are primarily used to house inmates who may be suicidal, have serious mental health issues, or have demonstrated extreme behavior.
 
Section G
This section has capacity for up to 20 inmates and is for inmates who have not yet been given a housing assignment, are in transition, have been issued a temporary restraining order or have been given administrative segregation due to behavior.
 
Section H
This section consists of two cells built with a positive air-flow system. The cells are designed for inmates who have a communicable disease or an infection that may be transmitted through the air. However, if one cell is occupied by a sick inmate, the other cell is left empty. Inmates here are monitored by medical staff. When not in use for their designated purpose, the cells may be used to house inmates with behavior problems.
 

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Address:
255 E. 300 North
Gunnison, UT 84634
435-528-6000

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.