This page offers information and updates regarding responses by the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole (BOPP) to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has declared a public health emergency in the State of Utah and Utah Department of Public Health officials have recommended significant measures to try and reduce exposure to and transmission of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

In response to those recommendations, the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has collaborated with the Utah Department of Corrections to make the following efforts towards mitigating potential impacts of COVID-19 on offenders and staff, while maintaining public safety, civil liberties and public access to hearings.

 

Early Releases

The Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) is making referrals to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole (BOPP) regarding the early release of some offenders. Originally referrals were being made for those who have a release date within 90 days, but in light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 throughout the country, this timeline was recently reevaluated and increased to 180 days. All offenders released early must still have an approved address to release to. For more details on this effort, please click here.

 

Restricting Access to Prison Facilities and Board Hearings

The Utah Department of Corrections has temporarily suspended visitation and volunteering at state prison Facilities in Draper (USP) and Gunnison (CUCF) and Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending Utah Administrative Code R671-302 regarding public access to Board hearings. These restrictions mean that while the COVID-19 emergency continues, members of the media and general public, and family members and friends of offenders, will not be allowed to physically attend Board hearings. (Remote viewing of hearings will be possible and is explained below.)

 

Rescheduling or Cancelling Hearings if Possible

The Board is currently reviewing upcoming hearings to determine if some of them may appropriately be continued or have other action taken. Several hearings have been identified for continuance, release, rescission or waivers, and the Board is making decisions accordingly. Individuals qualifying for waivers will be notified, so no individual requests from offenders, well-wishers or family members will be necessary. At its discretion, the Board may continue this practice until the emergency is over.

(Please note that hearings determined essential by the Board will still be held.)

 

Holding Virtual Hearings

At this time, Board hearings are taking place. However, the temporary restrictions at correctional facilities will limit physical attendance at Board hearings to individuals in the following categories:

(1) Board hearing officials;

(2) prison staff;

(3) the offender;

(4) the offender's attorney (for parole violation hearings only)

(5) victims of record;

(6) a victim’s representative as allowed; and

(7) up to two family members of each victim.

NOTE: Victims of record may contact the Board’s Victim Coordinator at 801-261-6464 for specific information regarding victim attendance at hearings.

 

Media/Public Access

The Board has employed the use of available technology to allow remote participation by some parties, as well as observation by members of the media and general public. We are constantly working with our partners at Division of Technology Services to improve the quality of audio and video access for participants and enhance live-streaming capabilities for public access.

 

To access live audio/video feeds of hearings, please click the links below.

Viewer Warning: Board hearings frequently include discussion topics that are sensitive, graphic and sexual in nature, which may be troubling or even traumatizing to some individuals. Minors should always seek parental guidance prior to viewing or listening to hearings.

 

To view Board Hearings currently being held at Utah State Prison (USP) - Draper, please click here.

For audio-only listening to hearings being held at Utah State Prison (USP) -Draper, please call ‪+1 443-585-0237‬ PIN: ‪154 083‬#

 

To view Board Hearings currently being held at Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) - Gunnison, please click here.

For audio-only listening to hearings being held at Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) - Gunnison, please call ‪+1 413-489-4309‬ PIN: ‪441 790‬#

 

For a schedule of today’s hearings, please click here to access the Board Hearing Search function.

Find the “search by date” function.

Click the button for “Upcoming Hearings”.

Ensure that today’s date is entered in both the “From date” and “To date” boxes.

Click the “search” button.

 

LINKS: 

For current information regarding the Utah Department of Corrections’ (UDC) coronavirus preparation and response,  please click here to visit their website.

For current information regarding the Utah Department of Corrections’ (UDC) programming and treatment, please click here to visit their website

For current information regarding statewide coronavirus response and updates,  please click here to visit the Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force website.