Visiting Applications and Rules for Visiting an inmate in a Utah Prison
The Utah Department of Corrections encourages family and friends of inmates to visit them as their privilege level allows. Studies have shown that inmates who visit regularly with supporters have a markedly improved chance of success when they are eventually released back into the community. It is, however, important to review visitation regulations prior to attempting to meet with an offender, whether he or she is housed at the Utah State Prison, Central Utah Correctional Facility or in one of the county jails. There are several key things to know before you visit.
- You must be on the inmate's approved visitation list prior to your visit. To fill out a Utah Prisons visitors application click here.
- You must also fill out a Utah visitor consent form found here.
- Visitors application approval process takes anywhere from 2-3 weeks.
- The offender will be notified if you have been approved or denied and they must relay the information to you.
- All inmates/visitors shall update their visiting application annually. It is the responsibility of the inmate or visitor to submit a renewal form to Utah State Prison or Central Utah Correctional Facility visiting staff 12 months from the date of the application's approval. Visitors or inmates shall notify the visiting staff in writing of any change of address of approved visitors within 10 days of a new address. Failure to provide this information within the 10-day limit may result in suspension of visiting privileges.
- You must bring a valid photo ID to visitation.
- If you are bringing a minor to visitation you must fill out a minor visitation form.
- If you being a child to visitation you must have the child's birth certificate/adoption documents or court paperwork to prove legal guardianship.All minor visitors, except spouses, shall be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If the minor's parent or legal guardian is unable to escort the minor to visiting, the individual shall:
- Be the minor's grandparent or adult sibling, AND
- Provide a notarized letter from the parent or legal guardian giving the individual permission to escort the minor.
- Visitation is limited to two hours max
- You will not be admitted to visitation during the last 30 minutes of a visiting period
Completed visitation forms should be mailed to:
Utah State Prison Visiting
P. O. Box 250
Draper, UT 84020
Additional rules you need to know about visiting an inmate incarcerated in a Utah prison:
- All visitors must stay seated during visitation, this applies to inmates as well
- Visitors and their inmates are required to keep a distance of at least three feet from all walls
- Cell phones, recording devices, tobacco products, lighters, matches, cameras, gum, candy, food, and pets are prohibited
- Once you leave the visiting area you will not be allowed back in for any reason
- You may only visit with your inmate, you may not communicate with anyone else during visitation
- Children must be under the visitor's control at all times, if you cannot control your child you will be forced to leave
- Visitors may not use the inmate bathroom
- Inmates may not use the visitor's bathroom
Visitors Dress Code for Utah Prisons
All prisons require visitors to be dressed in a specific manner. It is important to know the dress code rules prior to your visit because if you are in violation of any of these rules the facility can deny your entry to visitation. Utah requires all inmate visitors to adhere to the following dress code:
- No hats, scarves, shawls
- No hooded shirts or sweatshirts
- No sunglasses
- You may not wear scrubs or any other uniform (police and military uniforms are not allowed at visitation)
- Tight clothing such as spandex, leggings and tank tops may not be worn
- Any clothing that is see-through is prohibited
- Clothing with metal on it (such as buttons) is restricted
- Shorts are not allowed on anyone 10 years and older
- Skirts shorter than the knee or with slits higher than the knee are not allowed
- Any clothing that excessively exposes your skin such as a low cut shirt (front or back) is prohibited
- Visitors may not wear the following colors: White, maroon, or orange tops or pants (it too closely resembles the inmates clothing)