Visitation

 

***** NOTICE (updated 11/23/2022): All housing units at both the Utah State Correctional Facility and Central Utah Correctional Facility are open. *****

Above is the privilege matrix, which determines an incarcerated individuals visitation and phone call privileges. Click here for a full PDF of this document.

 

The Utah Department of Corrections encourages family and friends of inmates to visit them as their privilege level allows. Visitors must be approved and must make an appointment prior to visiting.

 

Email is our main source of communication. Please look out for changes or cancelations to visits.

 

Studies have shown that inmates who visit regularly with supporters have a markedly improved chance of success when they are eventually released back into the community.

 

It is, however, important to review visitation regulations prior to attempting to meet with an offender, whether he or she is housed at the Utah State Correctional Facility, Central Utah Correctional Facility or in one of the county jails.

 

You can find information about our regulations below, as well as current visiting schedules here.

 

Please check our website regularly to find out whether any special conditions apply to the facility you plan to visit. The conditions may change daily.

 

Please arrive 10 minutes early for video visiting and 30 minutes early for in-person visiting.

 

Click to view our Visitor Application Forms.

 

Learn how to schedule a video visit here:

Learn more about video visiting here: https://corrections.utah.gov/visit-an-inmate/video-visiting/

Visiting Cautions

Visiting Cautions

We ask visitors who answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions to not enter our facilities because of the risk they may pose to themselves, our inmates and staff:

  1. Do you have a fever, sore throat, muscle aches, joint aches, and shortness of breath or a cough? (If it has been more than 10 days since you last experienced these symptoms, you will be allowed to visit).
  2. Are you currently feeling ill or feel you are in need of medical care?
  3. Are you currently being treated for any contagious illness?

While the prison and its personnel do understand the inconvenience not being able to visit can cause, we appreciate your help in maintaining public health and safety.

Introduction to Visitation

Introduction to Visitation

All visitors must pass through a body scanner. If you have a medical condition that may set off the body scanner, please be prepared to provide proof from your doctor detailing which part of your body might set off the detector (such as hip or knee replacements). It is important to do this before your first visit to eliminate the possibility of being turned away.

Visitors are expected to read and understand all of the following rules:

  • Visitation is a privilege, not a right, afforded to inmates/visitors under the jurisdiction of the Utah Department of Corrections.
  • Visitors shall comply with all Department rules, policies and procedures.
  • Visitors are subject to search of their person, personal belongings and vehicle upon entering all prison facilities. Visitation may be denied for failure to submit to such search request.
  • Illegal and nuisance contraband is strictly prohibited.
  • Falsification of any visiting form may result in a visiting suspension.
  • Visitors who have questions regarding the rules, regulations and procedures are responsible to ask staff for clarification in order to thoroughly understand them.
  • Visitors not in compliance with visiting rules shall be warned and/or required to leave the visiting area.
  • Visiting rules apply without exception to all Utah correctional facilities. Due to the security concerns unique to maximum-security units and off-site medical facilities, additional rules may apply.
  • All adult visitors shall submit a renewal form annually. If visiting staff determine that a visitor has submitted an annual renewal form, staff shall notify the inmate or visitor. If visiting staff does not received a renewal form within 30 days, they shall remove the visitor from the inmate’s approved visiting list.
  • All minor visitors will be automatically removed from an inmate’s visiting list, without notification, on the minor’s 18th birthday. It is the responsibility of the inmate to submit an adult application, prior to the minor’s 18th birthday.
  • The Department shall not be responsible for the loss of personal items brought on prison property.

General Visitation Rules

General Visitation Rules

  • Visitors shall access only those areas specifically designated as visiting areas.
  • Personal property such as purses, wallets, paper money, coats, sweaters (used as an outer garment), blankets, writing paper, writing instruments, pictures, letters, etc. are not permitted in the visiting area. Visitors may not be permitted to bring in more than two vehicle keys. The keys should be on a small keyring.
  • Visitors and inmates should remain seated during their visit at all times, and they should remain three feet or more from any wall or door in the visiting area.
  • The inmate and visitor shall conduct themselves in a quiet, responsible manner.
  • Visitors shall leave promptly when the visit is over.
  • Visitors shall not be permitted to leave and re-enter the visiting area during a visit.
  • Visitors’ restroom facilities shall be off-limits to inmates.
  • Visitors are not permitted access to inmate restroom facilities.
  • Children shall not be allowed to use restrooms without supervision by the visiting parent or other approved adult.
  • Any visitor found in possession of nuisance or illegal contraband may have their visiting privileges suspended, restricted or revoked and their name removed from the inmate’s visiting list pending a review. Visitors with illegal contraband shall be referred to the Shift Commander for criminal prosecution.
  • Visitors with babies shall bring no more than one transparent baby bottle and no more than two diapers into the visiting area; sippy cups are not allowed.
  • Sanitation problems caused by children shall be taken care of immediately by the visitor.
  • Tobacco products, matches and lighters are prohibited in the visiting areas.
  • Food items (gum, candy, etc.) from outside the prison shall not be allowed.
  • Visitors shall not be permitted to bring pets or other animals onto prison property. Service dogs are permitted with application.
  • Visitors shall not be permitted to bring cameras or audio/video recording devices, cell phones or pagers into the visiting area.
  • Visitors shall visit with only the inmate they are approved to visit; inmates and visitors shall not visit with other visitors or other inmates during their visiting time.
  • Those visitors who have approval to be on more than one inmate’s visiting list shall only visit with one inmate per visiting session. The Warden/designee shall make exceptions in writing, on a case-by-case basis.

Visitor Conduct

Visitor Conduct:

  • Sexual contact between inmates and visitors such as petting, fondling, prolonged/open mouth kissing or other bodily contact is prohibited.
  • Any visitor/inmate who displays inappropriate or abusive behavior, foul and/or abusive language, or refuses to comply with Department rules, policies or procedures shall be denied entry into the visiting room or, if already in the visiting room, shall be required to leave the visiting area immediately.
  • Any visitor who exhibits signs or behaviors that indicate they may be under the influence of drugs or intoxicants shall be detained and the matter referred to the Shift Commander.
  • Inmates and the escorting adult visitor are responsible for controlling behavior of visiting children.

Visitor Dress Standards

All visitors shall adhere to the following visitor dress standards:

 

1. The attire must be conservative.

 

2. All visitors shall adhere to the following visitor dress standards (PROCEDURE FD04 – Visiting Revised: 7/11/2022 PUBLIC Page 4 of 22):

 

  • a. visitors must be fully clothed;
  • b. visitors must wear shoes or closed-toe sandals;
  • c. all clothing (e.g. skirts, dresses, capris) including slits in the garments, shall be knee-length or longer when standing;
  • d. buttons and zippers must remain fastened;
  • e. female adults and physically-mature minor female visitors must wear a bra and undergarments; and
  • f. religious attire, e.g. scarves, head wraps, etc. may be worn but is subject to removal so it can be searched; and
  • g. layered clothing may be approved on a case-by-case basis. If approved, the clothing is subject to search.

 

3. The following types of clothing shall NOT be allowed:

 

  • a. any clothing, which resembles inmate-issued clothing or staff-issued uniforms;
  •  b. camouflage-patterned items (e.g. military-type clothing or military fatigues);
  • c. transparent or sheer clothing, including “burn-out” fabrics, yoga pants, or leggings;
  • d. any items that may not pass the body scanner or screening process, e.g. wired bras, excessive jewelry, pants with excessive buttons or zippers, etc.;
  • e. open weave sweaters or blouses (i.e., lace);
  • f. medical clothing (e.g. scrubs);
  • g. strapless, tube tops, halter, low cut/backless, spaghetti straps or tops that expose the midriff; sleeveless tops/dresses, tank tops, wrap-around dresses or shirts, and/or any item of clothing that expose the chest and back;
  • h. tight-fitting clothing (e.g. leggings, Jeggings, and spandex);
  • i. attire displaying obscene/offensive, derogatory language or drawing;
  • j. attire displaying gang association/ gang-related depiction;
  • k. hats, hoods, or caps; and l. clothing fads that expose excessive amounts of skin, e.g. grunge, ripped, distressed, fatigued, destroyed, etc.

Processing Visitors Entering Visiting Area

Processing Visitors Entering Visiting Area

  • Visitors 16 years of age and older shall present a government-issued identification card prior to being permitted to visit.
  • Visitors shall be screened with a body scanner, and must clear the body scanner, prior to visiting.
  • Visitors are subject to a search (i.e., ionizer, property, vehicle search) upon entering the prison and/or visiting area. Visitation may be denied for failure to submit to a search request. Visitors may refuse a search at any time, but shall immediately leave prison property and shall not be allowed to visit.
  • A maximum number of three visitors, will be allowed to visit an inmate per visiting session.

General Visiting Times and Durations

Visiting times shall be scheduled and posted in advance.

Visitors should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled visitation time.

Visitors shall not exceed one hour per visit per day without visiting captain/designee approval.

The inmate’s privilege matrix level shall determine the number of visits allowed per week/month.

Exceptions shall be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Level I and Level II Inmate Visiting:

All in-person visits shall be barrier;

In-person visits shall not exceed 60 minutes per visit;

Inmates and visitors shall remain seated on the chairs/benches provided during in-person visits.

Contact

Utah State Correctional Facility
PO Box 165300
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Phone: 1-801-522-7044 or 7045 (between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.); If call not answered, try again or, for quickest response, email uspscheduleavisit@utah.gov.

Visiting Capt. Nicholes: tawnyanicholes@utah.gov
Visiting Lt. Gull: jgull@utah.gov

 

Central Utah Correctional Facility
PO Box 550
Gunnison, UT 84634
cucfvisiting@utah.gov

435-528-6500