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Q. How do inmates get out of Prison?

A. When inmates come to Prison, they can only be released through a court order, a Board of Pardons' decision or by completing their entire sentence (expiration of sentence).

The Board of Pardons decides how much time inmates will serve within their indeterminate sentence. Most inmates are released through the Board of Pardons. The Board of Pardons can release inmates on parole or terminate their sentence.

Q. What is an indeterminate sentence?

A. In Utah when an inmate is sentenced to Prison by the court system, the inmates are given a range of time for them to be in Prison and under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections. The Board of Pardons decides within that range of time how much time an inmate will be in Prison and out on parole. The Board of Pardons also decides if an offender on parole should return to Prison.

Q. Who is the Board of Pardons?

A. The Board of Pardons and Parole is the releasing agency for the State of Utah . The Board of Pardons decides if and when inmates should be paroled and the conditions of their parole. The Governor appoints the Board members. There are five full-time members and five pro tempe members. The Board of Pardons is a separate organization from the Department of Corrections.

Q. How soon does an inmate meet with the Board of Pardons?

A. Inmates sentenced on a third degree felony (0 to 5 years) usually meet with the Board of Pardons three to four months after entering Prison. Inmates sentenced on a second degree felony (1 to 15 years) usually meet with the Board of Pardons nine months after entering Prison. Inmates sentenced on a first degree felony (5 years to life) usually meet with the Board of Pardons after three years into the sentence. Those convicted of a sex offense, or a second degree felony where a life was taken are routed to the Board of Pardons as soon as practical for determining the month and year for their original hearing.

Q. How much time do inmates usually serve?

A. Inmate's cases are reviewed as an individual matter. The Board of Pardons will review much information about the inmate. This information includes: the inmate's crime and previous criminal history, educational level, social level, institutional history and adjustment, work history, potential to re-offend, etc. The Board of Pardons will review letters from therapists, friend, family, the prosecutor, the judge and victim(s). The Board of Pardons takes everything into consideration regarding an inmate.

The Board's goal in setting parole dates is:

1. To set an appropriate punishment for the crime;
2. To protect the public; and
3. To encourage habilitative efforts when possible.

A matrix has been designed to assist the Department of Corrections in making a recommendation to the Board of Pardons. The Board does not necessarily need to follow the recommendation. The Board of Pardons' decision is final.

Q. Can I attend a Board of Pardon's hearing?

A. Yes. Board of Pardons hearings are public. This means that anyone who is allowed on Prison property can attend hearings including the news media.

Q. Can I have a visit with the inmate after a Board of Pardon's hearing?

A. Under specific circumstances special visits may be arranged in advance. If the arrangements are not approved in advance, you cannot visit.

Q. How do I learn more about the Board of Pardons?

A. For more information contact the Board of Pardons at 261-6464 or write:

Board of Pardons
448 East 6400 South
Murray , UT 84107
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My friend recently had a freind to go to a hearing and the results were he was told it would be under review and they are all confused ..they were looking foreward to a release date although they had many nice words to say to him (the board)yethis case was put in review..I think he will hear something in 3-6 weeks and we are all so worried and wondering why a release date was not set .he has already put in his interastae compact papers so we are all praying for good news..
if any one can give me a clue as to why his case was put in reveiew plz holla at me..
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