Central Utah Correctional Facility

Coordinates: 39°9′54.92″N 111°48′38.15″W / 39.1652556°N 111.8105972°W / 39.1652556; -111.8105972
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Central Utah Correctional Facility
Central Utah Correctional Facility
Location255 East 300 North
Gunnison, Utah
United States
Coordinates39°9′54.92″N 111°48′38.15″W / 39.1652556°N 111.8105972°W / 39.1652556; -111.8105972
Managed byUtah Department of Corrections
  • 1990-1997 Frederick van der Veur
  • 1997-1999 Earl Hobby
  • 1999-2001 James Smith
  • 2001-2004 Gregory W. Jacquart
  • 2004-2006 Jerry Jorgenson

The Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF, also known as the Central Utah Correctional Facility - Gunnison Prison) is a prison in Gunnison, Utah, United States, that is one of two prisons managed by the Utah Department of Corrections' Division of Institutional Operations.[1] It is also death row for women in Utah.


The prison was completed in 1990 and has a capacity for 1,800 prisoners.[2]

CUCF is composed of two main housing units: Henry and Boulder.[2] Henry is broken up into four sections - Aspen, Birch, Cedar, and Dogwood (also called "SMU" for "Special Management Unit"). Boulder is divided into three buildings - Elm, Fir, Gale and Hickory. Aspen, Birch and Cedar house regular population inmates. Dogwood (SMU) is a short term housing unit intended for those in transport, those waiting to be moved into other sections, and those being punished. Elm houses some college students, but also contains "lock-down", or punishment, sections. Fir houses inmates who are either enrolled in or are waiting to begin the in-patient substance abuse treatment program "HOPE" (Helping Offenders Parole Effectively). Gale houses inmates who are part of the STRIVE (Success through Responsibility, Integrity, Values and Effort). Hickory is controlled, maximum security unit housing "level two" inmates.[3]

Central Utah Correctional Facility as viewed from US89.

The prison is used to house up to maximum security inmates. Unlike the Utah State Correctional Facility located in Salt Lake City, CUCF is located in a rural part of the state, and thus more isolated from the main population centers of Utah.[2] The prison underwent an expansion concluding in 2008, adding 192 beds in the Hickory unit to meet the growing needs of Utah's offender population.[4] The prison was again expanded in 2016, raising capacity to 1800.[5]

Notable inmates[edit]

Inmate Number Status Description
Troy Kell 72819[6] on death row Murder
Mark Hofmann 41235[7] life sentence Murder, theft by deception, fraud
Spencer Monnet 241725[8] 5 years to life sentence Rape
Nick Clatterbuck 33368[9] 5 years to life sentence Murder
Jorge Benvenuto 126399[10] life sentence Murder

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Utah Department of Corrections. (2006, December 19). Utah Department of Corrections Facilities. Retrieved March 31, 2007, from http://www.cr.ex.state.ut.us/corrections/facilities/ Archived 2007-07-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c Utah Department of Corrections (2006, December 19). Central Utah Correctional Facility. Retrieved April 10, 2007, from http://www.cr.ex.state.ut.us/corrections/facilities/cucf.html Archived 2007-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Boulders". corrections.utah.gov. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  4. ^ Winslow, Ben (2007-10-31). "Prisons face bed shortage". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  5. ^ "Central Utah Correctional Facility". Utah Department of Corrections. Retrieved 2023-10-02.
  6. ^ "Utah Offender Search: Troy M. Kell".
  7. ^ "Utah Offender Search: Mark W. Hofmann". corrections.utah.gov. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  8. ^ "Offender Search".
  9. ^ "Offender Search".
  10. ^ "Offender Search".

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