DAR File No. 41460

This rule was published in the May 1, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 9) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Corrections, Administration

Rule R251-305

Visiting at Community Correctional Centers

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 41460
Filed: 04/07/2017 10:37:43 AM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

Language is changed so policy does not require revision with attire standards.

Summary of the rule or change:

The change in language reduces specific examples of modest or gang affiliated attire.

Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 63G-3-201
  • Section 64-13-17
  • Section 64-13-10

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

There is no anticipated cost since this amendment slightly alters the attire requirements for visitors.

local governments:

There is no anticipated cost since this amendment slightly alters the attire requirements for visitors.

small businesses:

There is no anticipated cost since this amendment slightly alters the attire requirements for visitors.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

There is no anticipated cost since this amendment slightly alters the attire requirements for visitors.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There is no anticipated cost since this amendment slightly alters the attire requirements for visitors.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

No costs or comments on the impact anticipated.

Rollin Cook, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:

DRAPER, UT 84020-9549

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Lucy Ramirez at the above address, by phone at 801-545-5616, by FAX at , or by Internet E-mail at lramirez@utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:


This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Rollin Cook, Executive Director


R251. Corrections, Administration.

R251-305. Visiting at Community Correctional Centers.

R251-305-1. Authority and Purpose.

(1) This rule is authorized by Sections 63G-3-201, 64-13-10, and 64-13-17, of the Utah Code.

(2) The purpose of this rule is to provide the Department's rules governing visitation at Community Correctional Centers.


R251-305-2. Definitions.

(1) "Center" means a community corrections halfway house facility designed to facilitate an offender's readjustment to private life.

(2) "Confiscate" means to take possession or immediately seize.

(3) "Contraband" means any material, substance or other item not approved by the Department to be in the possession of residents.

(4) "Evidence" means any item which may be used in prosecution of a violation of Department policy or procedure, federal, state or local law.

(5) "Illegal contraband" means any material, substance or other item the possession of which violates criminal statutes.

(6) "Legal representatives" means court personnel, attorneys-at-law and their assistants such as paralegals and investigators.

(7) "Offender" means a probationer, parolee or inmate housed in a Community Correctional Center.

(8) "Premises" means Center's building and land, including residents' property, rooms, persons and vehicles.

(9) "Religious representative" means a priest, bishop, rabbi, religious practitioner or similar functionary of a church or legally recognized denomination or organization.

(10) "Sponsor" means an individual who is approved by Center staff members to accompany an offender while on leave time away from the Center.

(11) "Visit" means a period of time during which an offender has the opportunity to interact with family and friends on Community Correctional Center premises.


R251-305-3. Policy.

It is the policy of the Department that:

(1) Community Correctional Centers shall schedule days and times for visiting;

(2) visits at other than established visiting hours may be approved by the Center Director/designee;

(3) Community Correctional Centers shall have designated visiting areas;

(4) visitors shall not be allowed in unauthorized areas;

(5) offenders' visitors, except for non-emancipated minors, shall be approved sponsors;

(6) non-emancipated minors shall be accompanied by a parent or guardian;

(7) sponsor applicants may be subject to special conditions (i.e., visiting only, leave time only, etc.);

(8) offenders shall be advised of visiting rules during orientation;

(9) visitors will be advised of visiting rules during the sponsor application process;

(10) visiting may be prohibited for offenders in security cells and as part of restrictions ordered by the Offender Discipline Hearing Officer;

(11) visitors shall be required to sign a visitor log when entering and leaving the Center;

(12) visitors may be required to present picture identification prior to visiting;

(13) visitors are to be appropriately attired per staff discretion (i.e. modest attire, no gang-affiliated attire or accessories, etc.)[shall be modestly dressed to be permitted to visit (i.e., no bare midriffs or see-through blouses or shirts, no shorts, tube tops, halters, extremely tight or revealing clothing, no dresses or skirts more than three inches above the knees, or sexually revealing attire; children under the age of twelve may wear shorts and sleeveless shirts)];

(14) sexual contact between visitors and offenders (i.e., petting, prolonged kissing or bodily contact) is prohibited;

(15) visitors shall not bring animals or pets into the Center with the exception of dogs trained to aid individuals with disabilities;

(16) visitors shall visit with only one offender at a time unless approved by Center staff;

(17) offenders and visitors shall not exhibit abusive, disruptive or other inappropriate behavior;

(18) offenders and visitors shall not use loud or offensive language;

(19) visitors suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall be denied visiting and advised by staff to arrange alternate transportation if they are operating a vehicle;

(20) if an intoxicated visitor refuses to seek alternate transportation or becomes belligerent, staff shall attempt to detain the individual and contact the local law enforcement for assistance;

(21) visitors shall be responsible for their property and the Department shall not be liable for any loss or damage to visitors' property;

(22) visitors may be subject to search of their person or property for reasonable cause;

(23) visitors attempting to bring contraband on Center premises may have visiting privileges restricted, suspended or revoked;

(24) Center staff may restrict, deny or cancel visiting privileges for the safety, security and orderly operation of the Center or program requirements;

(25) offenders may be prohibited contact with individuals as determined by the court, Board of Pardons and Parole, or Center program requirements; and

(26) an appeal process shall be available to challenge denial or restriction of visiting privileges.


KEY: corrections, visitation

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [July 8, 2002]2017

Notice of Continuation: April 6, 2012

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 64-13-17

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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Lucy Ramirez at the above address, by phone at 801-545-5616, by FAX at , or by Internet E-mail at lramirez@utah.gov.  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.