Inmate programs in the jail are a critical element in accomplishing the mission of the facility,
which includes a philosophy of providing for the reintegration of inmates into society. These
programs include computer labs for self paced learning in the full range of classes leading to a
high school diploma or equivalent. Additionally there is an aggressive partnership between the jail
and Nebo School District for the assignment of a high school teacher to teach in-house courses for
inmates in the jail. Special emphasis is on adult literacy, GED, substance abuse counseling,
religious services, library services, and recreation.
What is important for the public to know about programs offered to the inmates while they are
incarcerated in the Utah County Jail, is that these programs are provided at no cost to the public.
Money is generated from the “inmate telephone systems” and the inmates are paying for the programs
offered to them while they are incarcerated. We have 7 part time employees and over 90 volunteers.
Specific programs for the inmates, with a short description, are listed below:
GED / High School Diploma
The jail staff works for Nebo School District. This class is offered to those who have not
completed their High School Diploma it gives them an opportunity to receive a GED Certificate.
Inmates are to submit a request, after which they will be tested and then a course curriculum
developed to assist them in passing their GED Testing. Class sessions are held Monday - Friday
from 0900 hours to 1600 hours. Inmates will earn good time based on the recommendation of the
class instructor for positive improvement and/or 5 days good time for passing the GED Test.
To obtain a copy of your GED certificate or test results, please
contact GED Testing Service at 1-877-392-6433 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Skills (Improving Relationships)
The life skills instructors are part time employees. The course is a
15 hour course and takes approximately 3 weeks to complete. The course material includes
Communication Skills, Anger Recognition and Management, Parenting Skills, and Marriage
Relationship Skills. We offer the class in four housing units a month, on a rotating basis.
Completion of this course will earn 5 days good time.
Life Skills (Why Try?)
The life skills instructors are part time employees. The course is a
15 hour course and takes approximately 3 weeks to complete. During this class, harmful ideas,
beliefs and behaviors that keep one from achieving goals, and developing good relationships
with others are discussed. The focus in class is to teach how to succeed in life, even when
you feel frustrated, confused, or angry with life’s pressures and challenges. Completion of
this course will earn 5 days good time.
Life Skills (Bridges)
These instructors are all volunteers. The course is a 12 hour course
and takes approximately 3 weeks to complete. During this class, mood disorders (stress,
anxiety, depression, etc), bipolar disorders, thought disorders (i.e. paranoia),
schizophrenia, relapse prevention, recovery, helpful support, medication and the brain,
problem management, and communication skills are discussed. The focus in class is to recognize
forms of mental illness and to teach how to succeed in life, even though you may feel
frustrated, confused, or angry with life’s situations. Completion of this course will earn 5
days good time.
Life Skills (Living @ 5)
The instructor that teaches this course is a part time employee. He is a certified
instructor of the Franklin Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The course is
approximately a 15 hour course and takes about 3 weeks to complete. The Living @ 5 course is
divided into two sections.
The first section teaches powerful principles regarding thinking processes. Seven principles
are integrated into a model that instructs students how to recognize where their thoughts are
focused in time–the past, the present or the future. Students are taught to recognize that
feelings of shame, guilt, regret, and revenge come from too much thinking in the past.
Feelings of fear, anxiety, and dismay come from too much thinking in the future. Students are
taught that power to change their lives exists only in the present moment. The course
motto,"If Not Now-When?" suggests that the time to change is NOW.
The second section of the course presents Habits 1, 2, 3 & 7 of the
popular course from Franklin Covey Company, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The
habits that are taught lead a person to replace reactive and victim-based behaviors with
proactive behaviors. Personal Mission Statements are drafted, priorities set, and short and
long-term goals created. Completion of this course will earn 5 days good time.
The Alcoholic Anonymous are volunteers. They will meet with
interested inmates once a week in a group setting.
Addiction Recovery Program
The instructors are volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. They will meet with interested inmates once a week in a group setting. The
course is structured around values held by the Church's faith.
On Unit Drug Treatment (OUT) Program
The O.U.T. Program is a short term residential substance dependency treatment program
infused by Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment into the Utah
County Jail. Eligible inmates will receive approximately 20 hours of programming per week,
consisting of 4 hours per day, 5 days per week, for 13 weeks.
The O.U.T. Program consists of group psychotherapy and psycho-educational groups. In
addition each participant will receive an individual substance dependency
assessment/evaluation, individual therapy, and individual case management. Individual case
management will focus on employment, housing, and relapse prevention planning.
In order to be found eligible the individual will need to specifically apply for The O.U.T.
Program, have good behavior, and already be sentenced with enough time remaining in their
sentence to successfully complete the 90-day program.
The O.U.T. Program focuses on treating 8 major and moderate
criminogenic needs, or in other words, targets the participant's individual needs related to
their risks of re-offending and coming back to jail.
The instructors are part time employees. The course is taught to
parents who are in the jail, whose family is enrolled in the class in the community. It’s a
program designed to discuss the prevention of violence and personal safety for victims.
The instructor meets with as many inmates as she can a week before
they are discharged from the Jail. As she meets with the inmates she reviews with the inmates
a plan of action upon their release from jail. Critical needs of the inmates are discussed:
housing, food, counseling and employment opportunities. Utah County resources and services are
also discussed with the inmates.
Utah Defendant Offender Workforce Development
The Utah Defendant Offender Workforce Development (UDOWD) program at the Utah County
Sheriff's Office is part of a nationwide effort to reduce recidivism using best practices.
The UDOWD Task Force is a collaborative effort of federal, state, and local law enforcement
working with Workforce Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, religious and business interests.
Offenders have many important transitions in life and during their time in jail. Before they
transition from the main jail into Jail Industries Program those who choose to participate in
UDOWD attend an orientation. During this orientation they complete various assessments to
better understand how their vocational choices impact their life. During a follow-up interview
the offender takes a Work Values assessment to help them find the career choices that are or
may be a good fit for them while in jail and upon release.
The offenders who participate in the program and classes learn pro-social skills that will
help them transition back into society. They learn how career development and proper
vocational choices can lead to job satisfaction and successful reintegration back into the
Deputy Greg Jarvis is in charge of the program and is a certified
instructor. For more information, please contact Deputy Jarvis at GregJ@utahcounty.gov.
Obtaining Proof of DNA Collection
The Utah County Jail provide a yellow carbon copy of the DNA Collection form to every person
whose DNA is taken at the Jail. This is your proof that your DNA was taken at our facility. We
do not keep a copy on file. If you lose your copy you must call the State DNA Lab at
801-560-6219 to obtain proof that your DNA was taken.
Other services provided to the inmates through discharge planning
include educational opportunities and financial assistance, vocational rehabilitation
opportunities, Community Action, Turning Point, Utah National Guard, Apprenticeship Training,
Department of Work Force Services, Gathering Place, temporary staffing services, Food and Care
Coalition, and District Adult Education Departments. The inmates are provided with telephone
numbers and a map of the area that identifies where these agencies are located.