Is Warren Jeffs Still In Jail? How Long He Is In Jail? His Charges and Crimes

By Cannon | Published on: March 18, 2024 | Updated on: March 18, 2024
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Warren Jeffs is the president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) who took over the church after his father Warren Jeffs’ death in 2002. As the sole in charge of the FLDS Church, Jeffs was soon involved in multiple cases of child abuse, underage marriages, sexual assault of children, and several other misdeeds.

In 2022, Netflix also released the documentary series Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey which takes an in-depth look at the life of the convicted child rapist from his terrifying crimes to his life imprisonment. 

So, is Warren Jeffs still in jail? How long is Warren Jeffs in jail? In the meantime, there is a huge curiosity about when will Warren Jeffs get out of jail. Well, here we have come with every answer to your questions. Let’s get started. 

Is Still In Jail?

Yes, Warren Jeffs is still in jail. He is now serving life imprisonment at the Louise C. Powledge Unit in Palestine, Texas. He was sentenced to life in jail in August 2011 with an additional 20 years on his sentence for sexually assaulting two underage followers whom the polygamist took as his wives. Furthermore, Jeffs was fined $10,000 for his crimes. 

Although Warren stood down as president of the FLDS Church in November 2007, many of the church’s current followers still consider Jeff as both their leader and seer.

Following Warren’s permanent imprisonment, they even continue to show their immense support via several campaigns and chantings for his release. 

In 2007, the FLDS leader also tried to commit suicide while in jail in Utah. For his treatment, Warren was taken to a hospital, in Las Vegas, Nevada from the Mohave County, Arizona jail in Kingman, Arizona in July 2008. 

Later on, Jeffs was involved in hunger strikes too, a non-violent resistance for reported spiritual reasons but the court later ordered the authorities to force-fed Jeffs at the Arizona jail. 

When Warren Jeffs will get out of jail
Warren Jeffs is now serving life imprisonment.

Besides, the same year Jeffs was sentenced to life in jail in August 2011, the infamous polygamy leader also went into a coma after excessively starving himself in his solitary cell. 

How Long Is In Jail?

Warren has been in jail for over a decade now. It’s been over 11 years since Jeffs was given permanent imprisonment and the church leader is still in jail. He was convicted of sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault against a minor.

Although the polygamist was sentenced to life in prison, Jeffs will be eligible for parole on July 22, 2038. He is now believed to be in Louise C. Powledge Unit, a prison in Anderson County, Texas. 

When Will Get Out Of Jail?

Well, since the president of the Fundamentalist Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints has been inside the bar for his terrifying crimes related to child abuse, there have been queries about when would Warren get out of jail.  

As per the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Files, Jeffs is believed to be out of jail on his parole on 22nd July 2038, about 27 years after his life imprisonment. He will be 82 years old at the time of his parole. 

Other than that, there is no chance of Jeffs being released from prison before. 

Charges and Crimes 

Soon after Warren took over the FLDS Church, the religious leader got involved in several crimes. He even married several of his late father Rulon Jeffs’ wives after his death in 2002. In fact, Naomi Jessop was one of the first of his dad’s wives to accept him as her husband.

Later on, Warren also married Naomi’s sister Merrianne Jessop. They wed at the YFZ Ranch when Merrianne was only 12 years old in July 2006. His other known wives include Nolita Collen Blackmore, Alyshia Blackmore, Annie Mae Blackmore, and Millie Blackmore

Did you know Nolita and Alyshi were also 12 years old while Millie was 13 at the time of their marriage to Warren? All of their prohibited underage marriages, especially Merrianne’s case played a huge role in Warren’s life imprisonment. 

In April 2006, Utah released an arrest warrant for polygamy leader Warren Jeffs on multiple charges of accomplice rape of an underaged girl. A month later, Jeffs was included on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List too. 

Warren was finally arrested by police in Las Vegas in August 2006 and sent back to Utah to face two first-degree felony charges of accomplice rape. He was also accused of arranging a marriage between a 14-year-old girl and a 19-year-old guy. 

In Sept 2007, Warren was found guilty of two counts of rape as an accomplice and then given 10 years to life in prison. However, in 2010, the Utah Supreme Court overturned the verdict because of flawed jury instructions.  

Upon release, Warren was extradited to Texas on felony charges of sexual assault and was convicted of raping and marrying minors in 2011. He was subsequently given a life sentence. 

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Is Still Alive? 

Yes, Jeffs is still alive and is now serving his permanent imprisonment in the jail located in Anderson County, Texas. Talking about his prison life, Jeffs spent his first few years in Mohave County, Arizona jail in Kingman after his suicide attempt, followed by lengthy hunger strikes. 

In August 2011, the news came out about Jeffs being hospitalized under a medically induced coma. Sources say the polygamist leader fell into a coma after excessive fasting. At that time, a source close to the leader even told ABC News that Warren might not survive.  

Is Warren Jeffs still alive
Warren Jeffs once went into a coma. 

Since his prison life, continued to have health problems. Saying so, the FLDS Church leader reportedly had suffered a “mental breakdown” in jail in 2019. However, for the past few years, there is no latest reports on his health condition.