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After a year without, in-person visits to resume at Utah State Prison

The Utah State Prison in Draper is pictured on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Corrections will allow in-person visits at the Utah State Prison again starting in June. 

All in-person visiting was suspended last March as part of their COVID protocols. Instead of those visits, prisoners have had the option to make 10 15-minute phone calls per week with loved ones. 

 

“Our incarcerated population have not seen their family in-person for more than a year,” said Brian Nielson, executive director for the Utah Department of Corrections, in a news release.

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The Department of Corrections plans to roll out a phased approach to the visits, which will include COVID-19 precautions. 

Volunteer and religious services will also resume at both the State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison.

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