Ute Indian Tribe Justice Center, Fort Duschesne, UT

Ute Indian Tribe Justice Center, Fort Duschesne, UT

Justice Systems Planning, Master Plan & Conceptual Design

Cost: $11,252,161 Construction
Area: 43,128 gsf
Use: Detention Holding Facility & Courthouse
Client: Ute Indian Tribe Fort Duchesne, UT 84026

Justice Solutions Group provided programming and conceptual designs for this new Justice Center in accordance with BIA Standards and in consensus building discussions with the Ute Planning Team, which included: adult detention, juvenile intake, expanded courts, and integrated court services functions along with public activity and waiting spaces that connect directly to all holding, court and services areas. 

Adult Detention
Analysis of current and projected secure residential capacity has shown that the most pressing tribal need is for short-term detention for adults who require detoxification or are awaiting initial court appearance. 

Juvenile Intake & Holding
For juveniles, temporary holding is included in the proposed facility, to allow for initial processing and case investigation will suffice in most cases. 

Shared Services/Future Expansion
The adult and juvenile components will both be able to share support functions, including medical, food, recreation and laundry services and central maintenance and storage.  These components will require easy access to juvenile and adult areas for meal deliveries and controlled access by juveniles and adults to health services on a scheduled basis. These shared services will comply with federal law for “sight and sound” separation of adults and juveniles. 

Courts and Court Support
The proposed court function will include two court rooms both accessible to the judicial bench, clerk and witness area, a jury box, three attorney tables, and gallery seating for up to 40.  The second, courtroom is intended primarily for juvenile and appellate hearings, although almost any hearing function could be accommodated in this space. 

Prosecutor’s Office
The proposed Justice Center includes a Prosecutor’s Office with private offices for the prosecutor, assistant prosecutor, victim advocate and interns/clerks.

Although it is recommended that consideration be given to combining Adult and Juvenile Probation Services, for the purposes of this report, Adult and Juvenile Probation Agencies may continue to be separated and located in different areas of the facility.

Public Defender
Although the public defender function is not currently a staffed position, planning efforts and federal legislation currently being considered have indicated the potential need for a staffed position and associated office space in the future.  To this end, a small Public Defender’s office is included.