Deapartment of Corrections

Public Safety
4:02 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Prison Relocation Commission Approves Site Selection Criteria

Utah State Prison in Draper
Bryan William Jones |

The Prison Relocation Commission approved a list of criteria today on which potential prison sites will be graded.

With criteria selected and weighted, legislators will now be able to compare potential sites for a new state prison. The sites will be graded on six distinct criteria, including proximity to staff, visitors, and medical providers, land and environment impacts, development costs, and community acceptance among other factors.

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Public Safety
2:59 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Legislator Wants to Bring Back the Firing Squad as Option for Death Penalty

Utah State Prison
Bryan William Jones |

A Utah legislator plans to run a bill that would bring back the firing squad as an option for Utah inmates sentenced to death. Since 2004 Utah inmates sentenced to death have had only one option for their execution: death by lethal injection. But Republican Representative Paul Ray says that could soon pose an issue for the state as it is becoming harder to obtain the specific drugs needed to create the injection and any new formula could be challenged in court.

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Female Corrections Officers
9:45 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Women in the Utah Department of Corrections

Megan Riddle and Captain Jason Nichols as they work with the training cadets in the forced entry exercise.
Ray Howze

Corrections officers in Utah are predominantly male. It’s a job that many believe requires traditionally masculine attributes like brute strength and force.  But less than a quarter of Utah Correction’s officers are female and that statistic does not begin to tell the entire story.

The Utah Corrections officer training program is the same for both men and women. The profession has become significantly more amiable for both sexes using verbal tactics and well-established boundaries between inmates and officers.

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