Governor Gary R. Herbert visited the Utah State Prison’s Promontory Facility on Dec. 5 to meet with people impacted by the correctional system in Utah and see the Department of Corrections’ efforts to help inmates successfully reenter our communities.
Governor Herbert visited with incarcerated men who participate in substance abuse treatment, education and work programs, which together contribute to the success of people following release. Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Rollin Cook and members of the agency’s leadership team showed the Governor a new effort at Promontory that allows inmates to hold a job and participate in treatment programming. Inmates are now able to work in a Utah Correctional Industries (UCI) position part time and attend required treatment and education classes, which was not possible in the past due to scheduling challenges within the facility.
“Our work and treatment programs give releasing inmates their best chance of living a crime-free life after prison,” said Director Cook. “We are honored to have Governor Herbert at our facility to see the hard work of our staff who are committed to preparing inmates to return to our communities with living-wage jobs and without the substance abuse and criminal thinking patterns that brought them to prison in the first place.”
UCI programs train inmates in the technical skills that help them learn how to do a job, and also in the soft skills that help them learn how to get and keep a job. Benefits to the inmates include; transferrable skills, training in a meaningful skill they can use to secure work after release, and financial benefits to help pay their cost of incarceration, restitution and other financial responsibilities.
The visit was part of the Face to Face initiative—sponsored by the National Reentry Resource Center and The Council of State Governments Justice Center in partnership with the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), JustLeadershipUSA, and the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC). As part of the initiative leaders in 12 jurisdictions met with people impacted by the criminal justice system in their respective states.
Face to Face is made possible with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. For more information about the Face to Face initiative, including ways in which interested policymakers can get involved, visit
www.CSGJusticeCenter.org/NRRC/Face-to-Face/ and follow #MeetFacetoFace
- Public Information Office, December 6, 2017