In preparation for the once-in-a-lifetime move from the Utah State Prison in Draper to the new Utah State Correctional Facility in Salt Lake City, the Utah Department of Corrections has created a General Order to cover what incarcerated offenders can bring with them during the transport to the new location. The General Order – a copy of which can be found here – details what is known as the “property matrix” and will be specific to those moving to the Salt Lake City site. Inmates moving from USP to the Central Utah Correctional Facility or a county jail will still be under the matrix set forth in our current property policy. Of note, inmates will be allowed to bring a television and MP3 player, along with two sets of headphones. A specific list of what is permitted is attached to the general order and will also be posted in all housing areas at USP. Each inmate will be given a tote. All items outlined in the General Order Property Matrix that an inmate can fit in their tote will be sent to USCF. Any excess property items or items not authorized for the prison move will be dispositioned and sent to the property warehouse for pickup by family members or to be donated (if applicable). In addition, inmates will be given two legal pouches for their legal documents. These pouches will be transported with the offender to the new location. The final commissary order in Draper will be June 19, 2022. It will be delivered to offenders June 26. In addition, the UDC will supply each inmate with two commissary bags after the commissary restrictions are implemented. The bags will have various hygiene and food items and will be provided at no expense to the inmate. Orders will resume once commissary is reestablished at the Salt Lake City site. Once opened, USCF will be one of the most modern, state-of-the-art correctional facilities in the country. Featuring 1.3-million square-feet of space, it can house approximately 3,600 men and women.   Communications office, June 1, 2o22...

The Utah Department of Corrections is just a few months away from moving the prison population at the Utah State Prison in Draper to the new Utah State Correctional Facility in Salt Lake City. We have received recent questions from the incarcerated and their families regarding their physical property. As the date approaches and details are finalized, we are dedicated to providing information to the incarcerated to help them prepare for this move. In the meantime, here’s a short update regarding property of incarcerated individuals: Prior to the move to the new Utah State Correctional Facility in Salt Lake City, we are requiring all incarcerated individuals be at the approved property matrix for their particular level. Beginning in July 2021, we started posting signage in each section regarding this change. As we conduct cell searches we are also reminding incarcerated individuals of the upcoming move and property expectations. Much of what incarcerated individuals can take with them will be similar to what they now take with them when moving to a county jail as part of our Inmate Placement Program; however, we recognize that this is a different type of move, and so we will be allowing electronics and other items to be taken as well. A more detailed list will be announced in the coming weeks. Upon arrival at the new prison, inmates will be issued a hygiene kit, new clothing, sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and pin bags....

With the decrease of Covid-19 cases throughout the state, the Utah Department of Corrections is resuming in-person visiting beginning April 1, 2022. There will be no age restrictions. Inmates can now have up to three visitors per session, as long as at least one is a child. Protocols that were previously instituted -- barriers, social distancing, masks required for those over 3 and no visitors with symptoms -- remain in place. In addition to visiting, in-person Board of Pardons hearings will resume April 1, 2022, for all death hearings. Non-death hearings for those housed at the Utah State Prison will also be in-person. The same protocols that were previously in place for Board hearings will remain, including social distancing in the hearing room. Non-death hearings for those housed at the Central Utah Correctional Facility and county jails will continue to be conducted virtually....

A number of individuals were promoted at Sergeant Pinning Ceremonies recently at the Fred House Academy in Draper and at the Central Utah Correctional Facility. Altogether, 30 of the 110 individuals who applied for sergeant passed the testing process. The process is both intimidating and difficult, including a written test, a practical test, a 15-minute panel presentation and interviews. "I can assure you that our process is not an easy process to promote in, so as everyone gets their stripes today and wears them, you should be proud," said Lieutenant Cory Rich at the ceremony on Monday. Spencer Turley, Division of Prison Operations Director, and Brian Nielson, Executive Director, also provided remarks at Monday's event. Congratulations to the following: Maxwell Bond Kaitlyn Smith Taylor Bender Christopher Jensen Brett Griffiths Jared Knighton Kayla Anderson Jordan Kearl Jeff Jensen Evan Pimentel Enoch Olsen Daniel Lancaster Cody Weyland Jay Neilson Justin Rogers Henry Clark Tammie Westerman Riley Averett ...

For the last several months, the commissary, which is a store operated by UCI that sells various products to incarcerated individuals, has experienced shortages of items and unusually inconsistent staffing.  UCI is working diligently with our vendors to purchase products and maintain commissary staffing. In the meantime, we would like to answer some questions we’ve received in kites and grievances to give you additional information on the delays. We understand the frustration any impact to commissary can cause and we appreciate your patience while we manage this issue. Please remember that policy recommends you write a kite to commissary to inquire about your order first, and if you cannot find a resolution a grievance should be your next step. Thank you again for your patience during these unusual times. Why does commissary have so many items out of stock? The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted nearly every aspect of the supply chain, or the system that includes manufacturing and transportation that gets items from where they are made to where they are going.  This is impacting UCI’s ability to get many items from our vendors. This is not just an issue for UCI. Stores across Utah and the country are in the same position. Because there are fewer items available, the cost of these items is also higher. What is UCI doing to reduce the shortage? We work with many wholesale vendors in order to get you the best price for the commissary items. We reach out to our vendors weekly to see what items they have available. If they do not have them in stock, we contact other vendors for the product.  Some people have suggested we go to local stores to find the items. Unfortunately, purchasing items from a regular store, like Walmart or Smiths, costs significantly more because they are not wholesale vendors. The costs for these items would be significantly more than the prices we have through our other vendors. How do we get our refunds after an item is out of stock? UCI works with the Finance department’s inmate accounting to issue refunds to your account as quickly as possible. We are processing refunds every day, so if you have not received a refund after two weeks, please let commissary know via Kite. If it is less than two weeks, we ask for your patience.  Because of the high number of credits that need to be issued, the refunds may be slower than normal. Why is commissary delivery disrupted? As you are aware, UDC follows health department guidelines for Covid-19 isolation, testing and quarantine. Unit lockdowns have included our commissary shop workers on occasion. We have worked to find other people willing to work in the commissary during the quarantines, and have used UCI staff members from different worksites to fill in when possible. UCI is doing everything possible to minimize the impact to the delivery schedule. ...

Due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, in-person hearings at either of Utah's prison sites have been suspended. Individuals will still be able to listen to live broadcasts as hearings occur at the following address: https://bop.utah.gov/hearings_live_stream. If you had planned on participating in a hearing in person, please contact our Victim Coordinator at 801-261-6464 to arrange an option to participate virtually. We will keep this ALERT updated....

In the wake of increasing COVID-19 cases in Utah, in-person visiting has been suspended at both the Utah State Prison and Central Utah Correctional Facility. Officials with the Utah Department of Corrections do not anticipate that this will be a long-term suspension. If you have scheduled a visiting appointment, please do not show up. Our visiting team is attempting to make contact with those who have scheduled an appointment. As positive test results in the community have skyrocketed recently, so too have the number of cases increased among inmates and UDC staff members. Despite adhering to COVID-19 protocols based on CDC recommendations and in coordination with state and local health officials, COVID-19 is pervasive and still manages to find its way into UDC facilities. Several housing units at both facilities are currently on quarantine status. The latest strain — Omicron — is considered more contagious than prior strains. As prisons are considered a congregate living environment this oftentimes requires lengthier isolation and quarantine protocols then what is standardly seen in the community for both staff and the incarcerated. Please note that these measures are put in place with careful consideration and in close collaboration with state and local health officials. The Department will continue to provide regular updates on its website and on social media. https://corrections.utah.gov/covid-19-updates/ ...

UPDATE Communications office, Dec. 16, 2021 Holiday Gift Bags are no longer available for purchase. Thanks to all who participated!   The 2021 Holiday Gift Bags are now available from the Utah Department of Corrections’ commissary. There are two packages being offered. The Jumbo package costs $10.50 while the Mega package runs $11. Details of what’s included in each can be found here. Both can be ordered at tigersnack.com. Once at the site, select “Utah,” then the specific the housing unit of the incarcerated offender. From there, select the offender’s name, followed by the package choice. Those with questions can contact the commissary at 801-576-7909.   Communications office, Dec. 1, 2021  ...

Nearly one-third of incarcerated individuals in Utah’s prison system are serving time for a sexual offense. The Department strives to treat persons who sexually offend (PSOs) through effective treatment interventions based on their individual risk factors that brought them to the attention of the Courts and the Department of Corrections. The Department’s Sex Offense Treatment Program (SOTP) is primarily housed at the Utah State Prison in Draper. It is designed to last 15-24 months depending on the offender’s identified risk factors and overall risk level. Upon incarceration, the PSO is assessed on their willingness to participate if the Board of Pardons and Parole orders sex offense-specific treatment. Their response to this assessment determines where they are placed on the tracking list. As of Spring 2021, PSOs will receive an evaluation prior to their original hearing with the Board of Pardons and Parole. The intensity and comprehensiveness of this evaluation depends on their level of risk, but will include various measures that are evidence based for this population. The evaluation will specifically provide risk estimates to the Board of Pardons and Parole, as well as treatment recommendations. These recommendations could include various forms of community-based treatment or treatment while incarcerated. These recommendations will take into account the offender’s risk factors identified through the assessment process and may look different between PSOs as it is a complex process. Once the Board sets a rehearing date and orders sex offense-specific treatment, the offender will be enrolled no sooner than 24 months prior to their projected rehearing date, barring any exigent circumstances. This affords adequate time to enroll an offender and move them to the appropriate treatment building. SOTP is anchored on evidence-based practice principles centered on cognitive/behavioral therapy with a strong relapse-prevention component. We focus on the top 8 criminogenic risk factors for all PSO’s in addition to identifying the risk factors specific to sexual offending present for each individual PSO. All therapists providing treatment are licensed mental-health professionals with specialized training in sex offense-specific treatment or they are training under the direct supervision of a licensed mental health professional. PSO’s participating in treatment are expected to achieve satisfactory progress intellectually and emotionally, which is continuously evaluated during their treatment episode. Progress is measured by observable changes — not simply completion of assignments or time spent in therapy. Progress is based on how hard the PSO works, how motivated they are, and their willingness to incorporate changes freely to show commitment toward rehabilitation without being defensive. PSO’s participate in group therapy once or twice a week, depending on the program, and also receive individual therapy to further understand the treatment concepts learned in group. They can complete workbooks and daily journals to demonstrate their internalization of the skills they learn. They are expected to engage in healthy interactions with peers and staff as they accept and display a commitment to change and seek to improve and excel in new approaches to healthy living. Clinical mental-health staff are also available to work with program participants as requested if the PSO’s needs fall outside the scope of the sex offense treatment program. Behaviors are observed on housing units and by reviewing disciplinary actions or behavioral patterns. This helps staff distinguish a consistent, healthy lifestyle from a covert or dual lifestyle fraught with continued disrespect for rules and others. PSO’s participate in assessments to receive feedback regarding patterns of arousal, thinking, and general behavior. The general notion is to treat PSO’s with respect while holding them accountable. Staff seek out the most current literature and research into treatment practices to accurately assess risk and needs and help PSO’s make positive, lasting changes.   Therapy consists of: Group psychotherapy Psycho-educational classes Individual Therapy based on the PSO’s skill and risk level   Psycho-educational courses are available prior to and during program enrollment: Treatment orientation Pre-treatment program (6 phases made up of psychoeducational classes like thinking errors and victim empathy) Anger management (optional) Parenting (optional) Relapse prevention (required – core part of the current program) Human Sexuality (optional)   Primary areas of change include: Accountability General empathy Pro–social attitudes Adequate coping skills/styles Adequate social skills Positive self-esteem Control over impulses Emotional Regulation/Distress Tolerance Control over substance use Normative sexual views/interests Understanding risk factors Quality of self-management plans Quality of supports Quality of release plans Commitment to maintenance   Process for enrolling in the program: Due to demand coupled with a lack of resources, the Department has to be selective and work only with PSO’s who are adequately committed to genuine change through a process of investment, observation, assessment and confrontation that helps them build accountability while developing respect for others — including themselves. Again, all individuals sentenced to prison for a sex offense (whether a new commitment or a parole violator) receive a treatability assessment. The PSO’s name and results are then placed on the Department’s Sex Offense Treatment Program tracking list. Their response dictates their placement on the tracking list. They can be placed in the SOTP at the Utah State Prison in Draper, in a treatment program at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, or at the San Juan, Sanpete or Kane County Jails through the prison’s Jail Contracting Program.   PSO’s are placed in treatment based on several factors:  Amenability to treatment Level 3 privilege classification or higher Board of Pardons and Parole order indicating they want the PSO to be in treatment while incarcerated Availability of a treatment slot Priority classification from the Board of Pardons indicating the PSO would likely parole in the event of satisfactory treatment progress   Not every individual who has committed a sex offense will be eligible for treatment. Some reasons for exclusion include: No possibility of parole Poor motivation Violating institutional rules Lack of desire for treatment Disciplinary measures and write-ups Test results that suggest incompatibility with treatment   PSO’s eligible for treatment can lose their parole dates for:  Failure to successfully participate Refusal to participate Removing one’s self from treatment Being removed by staff from treatment  ...

Page updated 10/29/2021 Visit coronavirus.utah.gov for statewide information. See updates below in the "Latest Update" section for more information regarding outbreaks at the Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison. Have specific questions regarding COVID-19 and your incarcerated family member or friend? Please contact our hotline at 801-545-5505.   __________________________________________________________   UTAH RESPONSE: The Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) is working collaboratively with state partners — including the Lieutenant Governor’s task force — to address Coronavirus in Utah. The safety of incarcerated individuals or those on supervision, along with our staff, volunteers and others who interact directly with our Department, is paramount. As Coronavirus cases in Utah continue to increase, please know that we have outbreak strategies in place, which include prompt medical care and testing, and quarantining or isolating staff or incarcerated individuals. These updates will be shared via this webpage and social media. For more information on the virus, and for state-related updates, please visit the website: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/. Learn more extensively about the many steps UDC has taken to ensure the safety and health of incarcerated individuals and those on supervision with the Department here: https://le.utah.gov/interim/2020/pdf/00002842.pdf In March 2021, the Utah Health Emergency Response Team (UHERT) visited the Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison to review current COVID-19 operating procedures. You can see the report here: https://corrections.utah.gov/images/UHERT_Prison_Summary_2.pdf     __________________________________________________________     THE NUMBERS: Total Confirmed Offender Cases to Date by Location *State and county jail incarcerated individuals are tracked together and totals would need to be requested from each county jail.  **At this time, the University of Utah Hospital requires that any inmate being transported to a hospital for any kind of care to be tested for COVID-19. **Starting May 20, 2020, prison intakes will be limited to Wednesdays. These will include intakes from all county jails and from Adult Probation & Parole. In direct consultation with local health officials, it was decided that these individuals will be in a cohort together for two weeks, and will each be tested for COVID-19 within 24-48 hours of arrival. Those who decline to be tested will be placed in a designated, separate area for two weeks. Please note that this increase in testing each week will reflect a spike in the overall number of inmates tested at the Utah State Prison in Draper and possibly a marginal increase at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison. Updated 10/29/2021    Total Confirmed Staff Cases: 529 Total Recovered Staff Cases: 511 Updated 10/29/2021   Vaccination Rate Percentages Utah State Prison in Draper: 88% Central Utah Correctional Facility: 80% **Please note that this number reflects the percentage of individuals who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been offered to all incarcerated individuals at the Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, including all intakes. Incarcerated individuals who have not been vaccinated can request a vaccination by submitting an Inmate Care Request form (ICR), which is available in their housing units.  Updated 10/20/2021     __________________________________________________________     LATEST UPDATES:                                                                09/10/2021 The Utah Department of Corrections reports the death of a COVID-19 positive individual on September 9, 2021. The individual was 43-years-old and was hospitalized at the time of his death. Prior to hospitalization, the individual was housed at the Sanpete County Jail as part of the state's inmate placement program. UDC will continue to share written updates on deaths of individuals who were COVID-19 positive at the time of their passing or not considered recovered. However, the numbers will not be reflected in the public COVID-19 tracking sheet until the official cause has been determined by the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner. The Sanpete County Jail currently houses 71 state inmates. 32 of these individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 with 15 of those individuals considered recovered.   09/03/21 COVID-19 quarantine and isolation protocols initiated at Oquirrh 1 and 2 facility As mass testing continues at the Utah State Prison in Draper, one individual has now tested positive in Oquirrh 1. Areas now on quarantine include the Oquirrh 1 and Oquirrh 2 facilities at the Utah State Prison, and the Ironwood facility at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison. New intakes and transfers are quarantined as a precaution as well. UDC continues to work with state and local health officials regarding COVID-19 protocols. The Department continues to adhere to CDC protocols. As of August 18, 86 percent of incarcerated individuals at the Utah State Prison (USP) in Draper have been vaccinated and 76 percent at the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) in Gunnison. The vaccine has been offered to all incarcerated individuals at the Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, including all intakes. Incarcerated individuals who have not been vaccinated can request a vaccination by submitting an Inmate Care Request form (ICR), which is available in their housing units. As a reminder, the Department provides on-site medical care through the Clinical Services Bureau, which operates infirmaries at both the Utah State Prison and the Central Utah Correctional Facility. The infirmaries offer comprehensive, on-site medical care where medical staff can treat or stabilize inmates needing health care. Mental health services are also available to incarcerated individuals as needed. The Bureau also contracts with outside hospitals and clinics for treatment of seriously ill inmates who cannot be properly cared for at an infirmary or require evaluation or care from a specialist. Any incarcerated individual who exhibits symptoms outside the resources of our medical providers will receive care at a nearby hospital. Our medical staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In areas of an outbreak our medical staff have an active presence on those units at least twice a day to check-in with incarcerated individuals. Individuals who are already medically compromised (outside of COVID-19), have standardly had a greater medical presence and are actively monitored. Any incarcerated individual that communicates any discomfort will be given access to medications required or any other treatment required. As a reminder, the only way to share an incarcerated individual's medical information with a family member is through an Authorization to Formally Discuss Health Information...