The state of Utah offers youth offenders two types of correctional facilities. First, they have home detention, which is like “house arrest” for adult criminals. Then they also have 11 juvenile detention centers placed around the state for secure confinement of high-risk youth offenders and juvenile delinquents awaiting sentencing.
The Utah Department of Human Services Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) Division is the government agency in charge of youth offenders, all facilities, programs, services, and Utah juvenile inmate records. Typically, juvenile records remain private until the person reaches 18 years old. Therefore, it is impossible to go online and perform a Utah juvenile detention center inmate search. Instead, someone looking for an inmate, must contact the JJS directly or call the facility. Some of the programs and services the JJS delivers are:
Although they remain free, youth offenders are kept under strict supervision at home and school. They are allowed to travel only to school, employment, and approved social activities. Their home detention services include: “phone contacts, face-to-face contacts, parent/guardian meetings, and school monitoring.”
The eleven juvenile detention facilities in Utah provide short-term and long-term confinement for youths who are awaiting adjudication, placement or serving a sentence. While there, the kids are provided with education, recreation, family visitation, and counseling along with cognitive-behavioral skill-building group services. Utah has a specific list of offenses that require an offender to go to a locked detention center. These are serious, violent, or public safety-related crimes. The list of who can be confined includes:
There are about 450 youth offenders in Utah. The majority of crimes committed by youth offenders are misdemeanors. Only about 8% are felonies. Alarmingly, 46% of all juvenile charges are sexual assaults, and 35% are aggravated assault.