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Utah State Prison allows inmates to connect with loved ones via video calls

The prison is closed to in-person visits because of the coronavirus pandemic.

(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo) Inmates can now visit with their loved ones via video calls, the Utah State Prison — photographed in 2010 — announced Monday.

Inmates can now visit with their loved ones via video calls, the Utah State Prison announced Monday.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Utah Department of Corrections is not allowing in-person visits. The prison initially stopped in-person visits in March.

Video visiting is available in most prison housing units, but is unavailable for inmates in restricted Uinta housing. The department says it’s working to make video visits available at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison.

Visits are 30 minutes long, and equipment is cleaned after each visit, according to the prison’s website.

Those interested in scheduling a visit with an inmate can email uspvisiting@utah.com. For more information, visit corrections.utah.gov.

And for more information about coronavirus outbreaks at the Utah State Prison, call the prison’s COVID-19 hotline at 801-545-5505 or visit the prison’s website.

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