Inmate Debra Samples records a story for her grandson with the
help of volunteer Kristin Kmetzsch, December 2014.
The Utah Department of Corrections and the taxpayers it serves benefit daily from the tireless — and often thankless — contribution of volunteers, who play a critical role in providing services to inmates.
At any time, there are as many as 1,300 volunteers registered to work with offenders, both those incarcerated and those on probation or parole. These volunteers aid offenders in their efforts to change their lives and successfully rejoin our communities.
Volunteers are engaged in a variety of activities at the Utah State Prison and the Central Utah Correctional Facility, from religious services to genealogical work and transition mentoring. The programs volunteers are engaged in give inmates more opportunities for learning, positive social interaction and personal development.
The services volunteers provide as mentors, educators and cheerleaders give the women and men in prison the ability to see who they can be when they transition back into our communities. Volunteers help to instill hope and provide examples of what it means to be a good neighbor and a good citizen. We hope our volunteers find joy, pleasure and a sense of service in knowing they are making a difference in the future of Utah!