Utah County Sheriff's Office

Jail Programs


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 help@gedtestingservice.com.

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.

Alcoholic Anonymous

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.

RadKids Program

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.

Discharge Plan

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 community.

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.