Utah Sentencing Commission

The Utah State Legislature established the Utah Sentencing Commission in 1993. The Commission has the statutory responsibility to advise the Legislature, the Governor, and the Judicial Council regarding sentencing and release policy for adult and juvenile offenders. The Commission is also responsible to develop sentencing guidelines for adult and juvenile offenders.

The Utah Sentencing Commission:

  • Publishes Guidelines
  • Advises all three branches of government on sentencing policy
  • Conducts research
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on legislation
  • Tracks legislative changes to sentencing statutes
  • Tracks judicial decisions related to sentencing issues
  • Assists the legislature in the review and study of sentencing issues
  • Conducts training and education throughout the state
  • Responds to public comment and inquiries

The Commission promotes sentencing polices that: punish the offender, protect and compensate the victim and society, and reduce the likelihood of future crimes by the offender through the use of appropriate and effective rehabilitation or incapacitation.


Access printable electronic versions of Forms 1 through 5 of The Adult Sentencing and Release Guidelines Forms 1 through 5.

Click to access eForms.


2013 Sentencing Guideline Changes

Changes include:

  • - Instructions regarding convictions and supervision
  • - Definitions of "Secure Placement" and "Dangerous Weapons"
  • - Categorization of new felony offenses

Statutory authority:

Utah Code, Title 63 M, Chapter 7 (Creation, Members, Appointment, and Qualifications)

Utah Code, Title 63 M, Chapter 7 (Purpose and Duties)


Our office hours are 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday

State Capitol Complex
Senate Building Suite 330
PO Box 142330
SLC UT 84114-2330
Office: 801-538-1031
Fax: 801-538-1024