The Oquirrh (pronounced “Oh-kurr”) facility is comprised of five buildings on the southernmost end of the Utah State Prison complex. It includes an outdoor recreation yard, a gym, a non-denominational chapel, and a Native American sweat lodge. The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole holds hearings in a chamber located within this facility. Altogether, the Oquirrh’s has a capacity for approximately 850 inmates.
Within the Oquirrh’s is one of the Utah State Prison’s two geriatric dormitories for aging offenders. The prison makes an effort to pair elderly offenders (55+ in the prison system) who may be less able to care for themselves with younger, more capable offenders who can assist them with daily living tasks. This also keeps the less able offenders separate from offenders who might exploit their disabilities or weaknesses for their own gain.