Utah State Prison - Uintas

The Uintas (pronounced Yew-In-Tahs) is one of the Maximum Security facilities for male inmates at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. It's also the location of Intake and Receiving & Orientation (R&O), for inmates entering the Utah Department of Corrections. It has the capacity to house 800 inmates.

The Uintas also house high-profile and death-row inmates, as well as those who pose severe management problems, like active gang members. 

The highest-security building in Utah's prison system is Uinta 1. The building is capable of housing 96 inmates in single cells. Unlike most “solitary confinement" facilities, inmates housed in this area can communicate with one another through their cell doors.

Each cell has a window that provides natural light, and inmates have the opportunity to recreate either indoors in a common area, or outdoors on a concrete pad confined by side walls and chain-link fencing overhead. 

Uinta 5 is Utah State Prison's “Receiving and Orientation” unit for males, and the building can house up to 122 inmates. This is where newly sentenced inmates, those who violated terms of their probation, and offenders who violate conditions of their parole are initially housed. 

Inmates are usually housed in Unita 5 for one to three months. While there, the inmates' ability to move around, access programming, and interact with other inmates is limited so the staff can assess each person's needs and behaviors and decide on appropriate housing. Inmates also take this time to learn about rules, regulations, the grievance and disciplinary processes, and classification.

While in R&O, inmates also take a test known as the "Level of Service Inventory" or LSI. This test evaluates risk factors, determines the appropriate level of supervision, and helps staff create a “Case Action Plan” (CAP) for each inmate. 

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at Utah State Prison rotate based on inmate last name, unit, and facility. Please contact the Visiting Office at 801-576-7014 for visiting hours for your inmate.

Level I and Level II Inmate Visiting:

  • Visitors must present themselves to the VDS (Vehicle Direction Station) officer for clearance to the Uinta facility
  • All visits at Uinta are barrier
  • Visits will not exceed 90 minutes per visit
  • Inmates and visitors must remain seated on the chairs/benches provided during visits

Visiting Applications

Before you can visit your inmate at Utah State Prison – Uintas, you must get approval from the Utah Department of Corrections. An inmate may send you a visiting application or you may download one on the Visitor Application Forms page. Fill out the form and submit it to: Inmate Visiting Office, P. O. Box 250, Draper, UT 84020.  Approval may take up to five weeks.

Visiting Rules

  • Visitors may 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 with babies may bring no more than one transparent baby bottle and no more than two diapers into the visiting area. No sippy cups allowed.
  • Tobacco products, matches and lighters are prohibited in the visiting areas.
  • Food items (gum, candy, etc.) from outside the prison is not allowed.
  • Visitors can't bring cameras or audio/video recording devices, cell phones or pagers into the visiting area.
  • Visitors 16 years of age and older must present a government-issued identification card prior to being permitted to visit.
  • Visitors are screened with a metal detector, and must clear the metal detector, 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.
  • Visitor access should not be permitted during any scheduled visiting session if less than 30 minutes remain in the visiting session.
  • A maximum number of five visitors, including minors, will be allowed to visit an inmate per visiting session.

Dress Code

Failure to follow the dress code could result in visit cancelation.

  • Visitors must be fully clothed including footwear
  • All clothing shall be knee length when standing including slits in garments
  • Undergarments must be worn at all times and cannot be exposed
  • Religious attire may be worn but is subject to removal so it can be searched
  • No more than three items of jewelry

The following types of clothing is not allowed:

  • Any clothing, taken as a whole, that resembles inmate issued clothing;
  • Transparent, tight, revealing or sheer clothing;
  • Any items that may not pass the metal detector;
  • Any type of shirt that shows the bare shoulders, midriff or back and low cut shirts that show cleavage;
  • Clothing that displays gang insignia, offensive slogans or obscene words, phrases, or pictures;
  • Hats, hoods, caps, hooded tops and/or jackets with hoods

Physical Address

Utah State Prison
14425 Bitterbrush Lane
Draper, Utah 84020

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/saZiuH1LNjWRsz9s5

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and offender number
Utah State Prison
P. O. Box 250
Draper, UT 84020

These types of envelopes, paper or stationary, and cards are prohibited:

  • Color envelopes (including manila and multi-layer envelopes).
  • Color paper or stationary.
  • Greeting cards, card stock or other multi-layered paper or stationary.
  • Mail with paint, chalk, crayons, markers or highlighters used on the incoming envelope or its contents will also be denied. 
  • Inmates are allowed to have 25 photos in their possession; the photos can not be larger than 8x10, may not be Polaroids and must not be pornographic in nature. Inmates may not have photos of or including themselves. 
  • Inmates may not receive packages.

For questions about books, magazines or other inmate property issues, contact Inmate Property at 801-576-7951 or 801-576-7952.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Utah State Prison, but they do have access to phones during certain hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Utah, please click here.

How to Send Money

The Utah Department of Corrections uses Access Corrections to handle deposits to inmate accounts. Kiosks are also available at the main visiting entrances at the Utah State Prison. You will need the inmate's full name and offender number. For general questions about Inmate Accounting, please call 801-545-5500.

By mail: Download payment form and follow instructions provided.

By telephone: Call 1-866-345-1884 -  A $6.95 transaction fee is applied for phone transactions.

By Internet: Visit AccessCorrections.com to establish an account. A $6.95 transaction fee is applied for internet transactions.

At kiosks in visiting areas: The kiosks are available during regular business hours and accept cash, debit or credit cards. A $3 per transaction fee is applied for cash transfers and a $3.95 per transaction fee if using a credit or debit card.

Walk-In locations: Access Corrections has partnered with Cash Pay Today to provide walk-in locations that accept deposits to inmate accounts. Visit CashPayToday.com to register and find locations near you. For more information, call 844-340-2274.

Programs For Inmates

Education: The Canyons School District operates the South Park Academy at the Utah State Prison. The Department offers vocational training through partnerships with the Davis Technical College; Snow College; and the Uintah Basin Technical College.

At the Utah State Prison, male inmates may earn certificates in Automotive Technology; Machinist Technician; Maintenance Technician; Welding Technology; Business Technology; and Culinary Arts.

Employment: Inmates may work basic jobs in their housing units or apply for jobs with Utah Correctional Industries (UCI), which are usually higher paying. UCI offers a wide variety of work experiences, with on-the-job training and real-world application. 

Life skills:  Courses include Thinking for a Change, Communication, Computer Literacy, Relationships, Relapse Prevention, Career Power, Financial Literacy, Anger Management, Parenting, Impact of Crime on Victims, Domestic Violence, Victim Empathy, and Thinking Errors. Initial assessments may identify courses an inmate needs to overcome specific challenges.

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