Frank Lee CBF/CWC originally served as a camp for first time offenders. The facility was named in of honor A. Frank Lee, a former Department commissioner who served from 1960 - 69 under Governor Albert Brewer. Formerly known as the Frank Lee Youth Center, the facility opened in June 1964 housing 104 male offenders age 21 or younger serving a sentence of less than 10 years.
In 1975, two additional dormitories were built increasing the capacity to 200 inmates. The facility began housing inmates of all ages in 1996. In November 2009, 100 additional beds were added increasing capacity to 300 inmates. Today, the facility consists of four dormitories, administration, and auxiliary service areas. Architecturally, Frank Lee resembles a school rather than a prison, providing security through frequent and irregular head counts rather than fences, bars, and towers.
Frank Lee sits adjacent to the J.F. Ingram Trade School that serves approximately 220 inmates from nearby Staton, Draper, and Elmore Correctional Centers. The Trade School also provides classes for inmates at Frank Lee, including; upholstery, welding, cabinetry, auto trim, auto mechanics, barbering, horticulture, furniture restoration, and a General Education Diploma. Frank Lee provides security and chow for inmates attending J.F. Ingram Trade School.
Frank Lee’s population consists of 160 work release/community custody inmates, and 140 inmates with a minimum-out custody level. Those assigned to work release have the opportunity to secure employment with businesses located in surrounding communities. Inmates with a minimum-out status perform labor as part of community work squads assisting neighboring municipalities, or are utilized within Frank Lee.