Earned Time Credit Programs

October 1, 2015

Programs listed below in red are approved for Earned Time Credit


An inmate is entitled to at least four months of earned time credit for completing a program associated with the highest-ranked priority in his or her Case Action Plan and at least four months of earned time credit for completing a program associated with one of the other recommended programs in his or her Case Action Plan.

These programs do not need to be completed sequentially (an offender can receive earned time credit for successful completion of a lower priority program before completing his or her highest-ranked priority program). The Utah Board of Pardons & Parole may grant additional time cuts for completion of other programs, but the Board is not compelled to do so.

If an inmate completes a program before he or she is given a release date, the Board will keep record of the program completion and take it into account during the inmate’s next hearing. Inmates sentenced to life without parole by the Courts, or those with an “expire life” decision from the Board are not eligible for time cuts.




Sex Offender Therapy

Substance Abuse Therapy


GED, High School Diploma, and Literacy
South Park Academy (Canyons School District), Utah State Prison, male and female inmates

Central Utah Academy (South Sanpete School District), Central Utah Correctional Facility, male inmates

County Jails/Contracted — Local school district provides educational support for male/female inmates

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION (vocational certifications):

Vocational certifications may be added to an inmate’s CAP, if he or she has a high school diploma or GED certificate, is willing to sign a promissory note and has enough time to complete the training certification.

Partners: Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) at the Utah State Prison, Snow College at Central Utah Correctional Facility, Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (UBATC), Duchesne County Jail.

Vocational Certificate courses, depending on the location, currently include: Culinary Arts (male and female); Office Technologies (male and female); Residential Construction; Building Construction; Machining; Industrial Maintenance; Welding; and Automotive and Related Technologies. Credits/certificates are transferable to any Applied Technology College in the State.

COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL/LIFE SKILLS:  Examples of some courses offered at the Utah State Prison and Central Utah Correctional Facility currently taught by UDC Correctional Specialists or contract partners:

Moral Reconation Therapy: This course is not “therapy” and all instructors must have a minimum of a high school diploma and complete MRT Instructor Training. This course is offered at the Central Utah Correctional Facility and AP&P Treatment Resource Centers.

Thinking for a Change: This is a cognitive behavioral course offered through the National Institute of Corrections.

Domestic Violence: This is provided by contract with trained domestic violence treatment staff.

Anger Management: This course helps inmates learn to deal with anger issues.

Parenting:This course helps inmates learn and improve parenting skills.

Employment skills: This course is taught by Correctional Specialists who have received Offender Employment Specialist instructor training provided through the “Train the Trainer” program offered by the National Institute of Corrections.