Utah Department of Corrections


255 E. 300 North
Gunnison, UT 84634

The Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison opened in 1990. It houses up to 1,600 male inmates. Construction of a new 192-bed unit is set to begin in March 2015.

The Gunnison prison is split in two housing facilities: Henry, opened in 1990, and Boulder, opened in 1998-2003. Within Henry are the following housing units: Aspen, Birch, Cedar and Dogwood. Boulder includes the following housing units: Elm, Fir, Gale and Hickory.

The facility offers a variety of opportunities for inmates, including high school education, substance abuse treatment, life skills courses and four Utah Correctional Industries work programs (Sign Shop, Contract Sewing, Inmate Uniform Sewing, Mattress/Pillow Production).

The South Sanpete School District oversees the prison's high school education program. Snow College, Dixie State University and Uintah Basin Applied Technology College offer vocational training programs.

Inmates with substance abuse issues may participate in the HOPE (Help Offenders Parole Effectively) program, a residential, therapeutic-community treatment program.

The Central Utah Correctional Facility employs approximately 400 people. The vast majority of employees live in the Six-County region (Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier and Wayne counties), with one-fourth living in Sanpete County.


Alfred "Chuck" Bigelow is the warden of the Central Utah Correctional Facility. He previously served as the Utah State Prison warden. In 1990, Bigelow, then a Correctional Officer, helped open the newly built Gunnison prison. He was appointed warden at Gunnison in April 2007, helping with the successful opening of a 288-bed minimum-security unit in December 2007 and a 192-bed secure unit in September 2009. Bigelow was asked to serve as the Utah State Prison warden in 2010. In 2014, he returned to the warden's post in Gunnison.