In-Custody Death at Purgatory Correctional Facility

On 08/25/2022 around 5:30 pm Correctional Deputies at the Purgatory Correctional Facility responded to an inmate who was unresponsive in her cell. The inmate has been identified as 39-year-old Paige Godwin. Deputies and medical staff performed life-saving measures while officers with the Hurricane Police Department and Emergency Medical Personnel were dispatched to the jail to assist. After 30 minutes of continued resuscitation efforts, the female was pronounced dead at the jail. Read more

Obituary of Sheriff Cory Pulsipher (Retired)

Cory Clarke Pulsipher, 56, returned to the loving arms of his Father in Heaven on Thursday, May 5th, 2022 while surrounded by his wife, Cathy, and their children after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.

Cory was born June 10th, 1965, to Linda Pack and Arlon Anderson, in Murray Utah. When Cory was 5, his mother married Jack Pulsipher, who adopted Cory and his brothers as his own. Soon after the Pulsipher family moved to Washington, Utah, where Cory enjoyed a childhood of fun and friends in the little town. Cory was a rambunctious little boy and an adventurous teenager who loved the outdoors, riding bikes, and causing mischief for those around him. As a teenager, Cory developed a love for music, particularly when played at a loud volume while driving around, or to the annoyance of his family. Cory had an uncanny knack for all things mechanical and he spent his early adult years using those skills by working at Baileys’ Auto repairing and servicing vehicles. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission from 1984 to 1986.

Cory met the love of his life, Cathy Collins, in 1982 while they were both in high school. He was a Junior and she was a Senior. Despite the challenges of dating an “Older Woman”, Cory persevered and the two were married on April 18th, 1987 in the St. George Utah Temple. The couple was later blessed with three children, Scott Clarke Pulsipher, Dacy Dwan (Pulsipher) Leany, and Amy Beverly Pulsipher (soon-to-be Dursteler).

Cory loved cooking for crowds and was always eager to apply his skills, whether at family gatherings or at the many events held by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. As he aged he learned to love the finer things in life, particularly fishing and hunting. Cory was a busybody, and could never sit still. As a child, his parents even resorted to bribery in an attempt to get him to stay in one place. Despite offering multiple times to pay him $5 to sit quietly, they never had to pay out. Cory loved to meet people and see them smile. Cory even learned to ride a unicycle and make balloon animals for children, a skill he broke out at every available opportunity. Cory enjoyed serving as a mentor-leader for his church’s young men’s and scouting groups. He was a positive, down-to-earth influence on many people, young and old alike. In his private and public life, Cory served on far too many boards, committees, and commissions to number. Cory’s dedication to serving his community was remarkable in both scope and depth and will be remembered for many years.

Cory’s desire to help those in need persisted his entire life. As a young man, Cory found a passion for law enforcement and began working for the Washington City Police Department in 1986. On January 1st, 1987, the Washington City Police were absorbed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Cory continued the rest of his 35-year law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Office. While at the Sheriff’s Office, Cory worked his way through every rank, from Deputy to Corporal, then Sergeant, and finally Lieutenant. While serving as Sergeant supervising the Search and Rescue Team, Cory found a new enthusiasm for helping others, especially those who found themselves in dangerous circumstances. Search and Rescue remained dear to Cory’s heart for the rest of his life. In 2010 Cory was elected to the first of three terms as Sheriff of Washington County. Cory took his role as Sheriff very seriously and was dedicated to serving the citizens of Washington County to the best of his ability. Cory worked tirelessly to promote the welfare of both the citizens of Washington County and his employees at the Sheriff’s Office. When asked at his retirement what he wished to be remembered for, Cory said that he hoped he would be remembered as an aggressive advocate for “his people”.

Cory is preceded in death by his multiple sets of grandparents, his father, Jack Pulsipher, his biological father, Arlon Anderson, and his sister, Lisa Pulsipher. He is survived by his wife, Cathy Pulsipher, his mother, Linda Pulsipher, and his children, Scott (Allison) Pulsipher, Dacy (Rob) Leany, Amy (David Dursteler) Pulsipher, his two grandchildren, Cory Luther Pulsipher and Dorothy Dwan Leany, as well as his siblings Brian Pulsipher, Dell (Cindy) Pulsipher, Dan (Jen) Anderson, and Theresa Howell.

In accordance with Cory’s wishes, there will be a viewing and visitation on Wednesday, May 11th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the LDS Stake Center at 1130 East Brigham Road, St. George, Utah. There will be a private family graveside service at a later date.

Instead of flowers, Cory’s family asks that donations be made to the Washington County Search and Rescue, so that his legacy of helping others may carry on. Donations can be made at:

Passing of Sheriff Cory Pulsipher (Retired)

It is with the greatest sadness that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of Sheriff Cory Pulsipher, former three (3) term Sheriff of the Washington County Utah Sheriff’s Office. We would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Pulsipher family, Sheriff Pulsipher’s wife, Cathy Pulsipher, and their children and grandchildren.

Sheriff Pulsipher leaves a legacy of devotion to his family, his faith, and his community. With more than 35 years of dedicated public service, he will be forever remembered for his tireless commitment to the people of Washington County. Sheriff Pulsipher guided our agency through both great and difficult times and did so with poise, dignity, steadfastness, and a friendly smile. Sheriff Pulsipher fostered lasting relationships with all those he came in contact with. He will truly be missed by all those who had the privilege of interacting with him.

Sheriff Pulsipher: leader, mentor, fisherman, devoted husband, father, and grandfather. May the Pulsipher family feel comfort in this time of grief. Thank you for allowing your husband, father, and grandfather to lead our agency for so many years.

New Backcountry Deputy Positions Show Immediate Benefits

 The Washington County Sheriff’s Office recently added four patrol positions that are specifically assigned to patrol the BLM lands and parts of the county that are difficult for area deputies to patrol due to distance and calls for service. The “backcountry deputy” will focus their patrol on the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve areas, rural BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, as well as Kolob and Enterprise Reservoirs.

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Washington County Drug Task Force Tip Seeks Public Information

The Mission Statement of the Washington County Drug Task Force is to protect the citizens of Washington County from individuals involved in gangs, drugs, and other clandestine crimes. Law enforcement as a whole have experienced an alarming increase in overdose service calls. The task force is committed to the relentless pursuit and prosecution of individuals who choose to distribute dangerous and deadly drugs in our community. The task force would like to solicit your help in this valiant pursuit. If you have any information you would like to share, please submit it HERE.

Tips can be submitted anonymously or if you would like the opportunity to provide additional assistance, you can leave your contact information on the form and a detective will contact you.

Another goal of the task force is education. Please leave your contact information with a request for a presentation from the task force and a detective will contact you.




  • As of Wednesday, January 6th, there are currently 0 active cases of Covid-19 within Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Please be aware that the following restrictions are in place at the Purgatory Correctional Facility:

  • Commitments are now being accepted on a space available basis. Please see below for additional information.
  • On site personal visitation will not be allowed until at least January 1st 2021, please check here for updates.

Beginning Wednesday, January 6th commitments will be allowed at Purgatory Correctional Facility, while space is available. Those wishing to serve a commitment must call the jail at 435-656-6600 at least 48 hours before their commitment to arrange a COVID-19 test. In order to prevent the health risks associated with repeated entry and exit, all commitments must be served in a single block. Weekend and Split commitments will not be allowed at this time.

Covid-19 Attorney Visit Procedures

UPDATE: Effective July 1st 2020, all professional on site visitation will be reinstated.

In order to protect inmates, staff, and the public at large restrictions on all forms of visitation have been implemented at Purgatory Correctional Facility. For guidance on attorney visitation please see the attached  document regarding changes to Attorney Visitation in light of Covid-19 restrictions.

Attorney Visits (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Update – April 1st, 2020

In accordance with the guidance received from State and Federal agencies regarding prevention of the spread of COVID-19, Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility (PCF) will remain on restriction until at least April 20th, 2020. The following restrictions will remain in effect:

-PCF has suspended all contracted, off-site inmate work crew jobs.

-PCF has suspended all on-site visitation, to include all legal, personal, and religious visits. All visitors are encouraged to use the messaging, telephone, and/or video visitation features available on our GTL communication system until the on-site visits are reinstated.

-PCF will not be accepting any inmates who report to serve partial commitments (i.e weekend commitments). Due to the frequency that inmates serving partial commitments come and go from the facility, they create an unreasonable and unnecessary risk of exposure for the facility. In addition, the housing area normally reserved for these inmates will be prepped for use as an isolation/quarantine area, should one be deemed necessary.

-PCF will be substantially limiting inmate recreational opportunities to allow for the appropriate cleaning of the recreational areas between each use.

-PCF will no longer accept misdemeanor arrests and/or misdemeanor warrants. The only exceptions will be Domestic Violence or DUI arrests where citing and releasing was not a reasonable option. If any other exception is requested, it will need administrative approval.

We sincerely hope that by taking such measure we can protect the public as well as the inmates whose custody and well being we are mandated to ensure.

Sheriff’s Message regarding COVID-19 Prevention Measures at Purgatory Correctional Facility

While at present there have been no cases of COVID-19 at Purgatory Correctional Facility (PCF), due to the measures called for by State and Federal governments, I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of the steps the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has already taken, and those we will be taking in the near future, to help manage the COVID-19 virus at PCF. Last week, PCF established a Disease Committee specifically to oversee and manage the execution of our four-phase pandemic response plan. The committee has already made adjustments to our intake screening process (which now includes specific COVID-19 related medical questions), distributed educational information regarding the COVID-19 virus and basic sanitation practices to both staff and our inmates, implemented an inmate sanitation crew within the facility, and established an internal system for tracking illness and potential COVID-19 symptoms among staff and the inmate population.
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Washington County seeks RFP’s for Inmate Phone and Visitation Systems

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking an electronic inmate trust accounting system to effectively manage inmate funds and financial transactions.   It is the intent of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to obtain proposals from qualified vendors for supplying, training and supporting software and services for inmate trust accounting services.

The County will select a single vendor awarding a contract for three (3) years and two optional one (1) year contract extensions with the awarded vendor.

The complete Request for Proposal may be obtained HERE.