Utah Administrative Code

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R251. Corrections, Administration.

Rule R251-305. Visiting at Community Correctional Centers.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

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.);

(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.


corrections, visitation

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

August 15, 2017

Notice of Continuation

April 5, 2017

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law


Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R251, please contact the promulgating agency (Corrections, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.