Inmate Placement Program
14717 S. Minuteman Drive
Draper, UT 84020
The State's prison system does not have adequate beds to house all inmates. In 1987 the Utah State Prison reached maximum bed capacity, which led the Department to reach out to county jails throughout the State for help. That situation led to creation of the Inmate Placement Program.
Today, the State's prison system continues to be unable to house all inmates. The Inmate Placement Program sends eligible inmates to counties that have contracted with the State to provide jail housing. The Utah Legislature approves counties' participation in the program and also sets a daily incarceration fee rate.
Currently, 20 county jails take state inmates.
The mutually beneficial relationship enables Corrections to maintain custody of offenders sentenced to prison time and ensures the State does not have to rely on early releases to manage the prison population.
The arrangement also benefits counties by allowing them to fill otherwise empty beds with State beds and being compensated for doing so.
Jail contracting also allows the Department of Corrections to place some qualifying state inmates closer to their families and to take advantage of services available at some jails to meet inmates' management, educational and programming needs.
Placement program staff work to house inmates in the best environment based on their needs. Criteria used to determine if placement of an inmate in a county jail is warranted includes:
- Security classification
- Health status
- Programming and treatment needs
- Crime(s) of record
- Gang affiliation and other management concerns
County jails that offer programming and rehabilitative services for State inmates are given priority in deciding where to send eligible inmates.
An inmate must speak with his or her caseworker or housing captain to inquire about being transferred to a county jail. Please note: Writing to the Inmate Placement Program will not get an inmate referred to a county jail.
Once transferred, placement staff or county jail staff will see the inmate for an initial orientation at the facility. UDC staff also routinely visit county jails to meet with inmates and address questions or concerns.
For an overview of each jail and programs and services offered, click on this link to download the Jail Programs Booklet.
The following is a list of county jails currently housing State inmates, with a link to each county's or its facility's website:
Box Elder County (Select "Sheriff" and then see jail-related menu items in drop down list)
San Juan County
Transfers to another state
Inmates may ask their caseworkers for documents needed to begin the process of requesting a transfer to a different state through the Inmate Placement Program's Interstate Compact Office. There are certain criteria that must be met before an inmate is eligible to be considered for a transfer:
- He/she must have immediate family living in the transfer state.
- The inmate and/or family must be willing to pay upfront the cost of all round-trip travel expenses, including costs for officers to escort an inmate to another state.
- The transfer state must either accept or refuse the request.