Utah Administrative Code

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R671. Pardons (Board of), Administration.

Rule R671-311. Special Attention Reviews, Hearings and Decisions.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

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R671-311-1. Special Attention Reviews and Decisions.

(1) The Board may use special attention reviews or hearings to adjust parole conditions, review prior board decisions, and modify prior decisions when exceptional circumstances exist.

(2) Special attention reviews shall be initiated by Board staff when necessary to correct clerical or other errors in Board orders, or upon the receipt of a written request explaining the exceptional circumstances for which modification is sought.

(3) Exceptional circumstances which may result in a special attention review and decision may include, but are not limited to:

(a) clerical errors in a prior order;

(b) changes to the special conditions of parole requested by the Department of Corrections (Department);

(c) determination of restitution obligations;

(d) payment of restitution obligations prior to release;

(e) reinstatement of a rescinded release prior to a rescission hearing;

(f) modification of a prior decision due to changes in credit for time served as calculated by the Board;

(g) modification of a prior decision due to changes in applicable guidelines as calculated by the Board;

(h) granting alternative events in lieu of revocation for parole violations;

(i) imposing parole violation sanctions pursuant to a request from the Department and a waiver from the offender;

(j) granting incentives and parole condition changes pursuant to a request from the Department;

(k) exceptional performance or progress in the institution;

(l) case action plan completion or compliance over a significant period of time;

(m) Earned Time adjustments made pursuant to R671-311-3;

(n) exceptional circumstances not previously considered by the Board; or

(o) review of new and significant information not previously considered by the Board.

(4) Unless the request for a special attention review is made by the Department or Board staff, the Board shall request that the Department review the request, and make a recommendation.

(5) Special attention requests that are repetitive, frivolous, or lacking in substantial merit shall be summarily denied and placed in the offender's file without formal action or response.

(6) Unless otherwise ordered by the Board, special attention reviews shall be processed administratively based on written or electronic reports supplied to the Board without the personal appearance of the offender.

R671-311-2. Special Attention Hearing.

(1) The Board may schedule a special attention hearing if it determines that a personal appearance hearing will assist in making a decision regarding a special attention request.

(2) A special attention hearing shall be scheduled if an alternative parole violation sanction is to be imposed and the offender requests a hearing.

R671-311-3. Earned Time Adjustments.

(1) Earned Time adjustments shall reduce the period of incarceration for offenders who have been granted a release from prison and who successfully complete risk reduction programming or objectives, as defined and specified herein.

(2) Definitions.

(a) "Adjustment" means:

(i) a reduction of an offender's period of incarceration when a release date has been ordered by the Board; and

(ii) has the same meaning as "credit" as used in Utah Code Ann. Section 77-27-5.4.

(b) "Case Action Plan" means the plan, developed by the Department pursuant to Utah Code Ann. Subsection 64-13-1(1), that identifies the program priorities that will reduce the offender's criminal risk factors as determined by a risk and needs assessment.

(c) "Department" refers to the Utah Department of Corrections and any of its divisions, bureaus, or departments.

(d) "Earned time adjustment" has the same meaning as, and comprises the program mandated in, Utah Code Ann. Section 77-27-5.4 and as defined in this Rule.

(e) "Forfeiture" and "Forfeiture of Earned Time Credits" as used in Utah Code Ann. Subsection 77-27-5.4(4) means that a release date granted by the Board following an earned time adjustment is rescinded due to a major disciplinary violation, new criminal conviction, new criminal activity, or other similar action committed by the offender.

(f) "Programming" means a component, objective, requirement, or program identified in an offender's case action plan that:

(i) meets the minimum standards and qualifications for programs established by the Department pursuant to Utah Code Ann. Section 64-13-7.5 or 64-13-25; and

(ii) has been shown by scientific research to reduce recidivism by addressing an offender's criminal risk factors.

(iii) has been approved by the Board in collaboration with the Department as required by Utah Code Ann. Section 77-27-5.4 (2)(a)(ii).

(g) "Successful completion" means that an offender has completed case action plan programming and has earned a completion rating of "successful" as determined by standards set by the Department.

(3) Earned Time Adjustments.

(a) An offender shall earn an adjustment of four months for the successful completion of a program identified by the Department as pertaining to, satisfying, or applying within an offender's case action plan.

(b) An offender shall earn an adjustment of four months for successful completion of one additional program as identified by the Department in the offender's case action plan.

(c) The earned time adjustment shall change the previously ordered release date, resulting in a reduction in the length of incarceration.

(d) The Board, in its discretion, may grant earned time adjustments in excess of four months to recognize additional or extraordinary programming performance or achievement.

(e) The board may order the forfeiture of earned time credits under this section if it determines a rescission hearing is necessary in accordance with Section 77-27-5.4(4).

(4) Exclusions:

(a) Offenders whose previously ordered release date does not provide enough time, including time for transition services, for the adjustment may not be granted a full earned time adjustment, but shall receive a partial adjustment if the previously ordered release date allows for the same.

(b) Earned time adjustments may not be used to change an offender's original hearing as scheduled by the Board.

(c) Offenders who have been sentenced to life without parole are ineligible for earned time adjustments.

(d) Offenders who have been ordered by the Board to serve a life sentence to expiration are ineligible for earned time adjustments.

(e) Earned time adjustments may not be granted for a second or subsequent completion of the same classes, programs, or case action plan priorities during the same term of incarceration without an intervening release.

(f) Offenders who do not have a current release date are not eligible for the Earned Time adjustment according to Utah Code Ann. Section 77-27-5.4(3)(d); however, the Board shall consider the program completion when making subsequent release decisions.

(g) Offenders who have not met a contingency requirement for release ordered by the Board are ineligible for an earned time adjustment.

(5) The Department shall notify the Board, within 30 days, of an offender's successful completion of a case action plan program that is eligible for an earned time adjustment.


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Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

February 15, 2017

Notice of Continuation

January 30, 2017

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art. VII, Sec. 12; 63G-3-201(3); 64-13-1; 64-13-7.5; 64-13-25; 77-27-1 et seq.; 77-27-5.4; 77-27-7; 77-27-5; 77-27-6; 77-27-9(4)(a); 77-27-10(2)(b); 77-27-11

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R671, please contact the promulgating agency (Pardons (Board of), 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.