The purpose of this thesis is to present a general history of Utah State Prison in order that a record of that institution may be preserved. This phase of Utah history has long been neglected. It is hoped that a contribution has also been made to a better understanding of Utah's penal system.
The present penal system in use in the state of Utah had its beginning with the early Mormon settlements in Salt Lake Valley in 1847. The first laws and judicial bodies of the Mormons were very closely tied to their religious beliefs. The handling of criminals was entirely a religious responsibility, often involving fines, restitution and corporal punishment. Governmental jails and prisons came very gradually.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hill, James B., "History of Utah State Prison 1850-1952" (1952). All Theses and Dissertations. 4791.