Denver Justice Center

The Denver Justice Center is a renovation of Denver’s existing Criminal Justice system. The courts and jails have been chronically overcrowded for well over the last decade. The overcrowding has created unsafe conditions for the Sheriff’s Department, inmates, and the general public. Denver’s new Justice Center is designed to alleviate the overcrowding and create a more efficient system.


Denver operates two jails; one downtown at 14th and Cherokee (The City Jail) and one at Smith Rd. and Havana (The County Jail). The two jails have a combined capacity of 1,672 inmates. They consistently hold over 2,000.

Denver’s City and County Building houses Criminal and Civil, County and District courts, the Mayor’s Office and City Council. The courts have outgrown the building and six are currently housed across the street in the Adam’s Mark Hotel. The Denver Justice Center will remove all Criminal Justice activity from the City and County Building.

On May 3rd, 2005, Denver voters authorized $378 million for the construction of a Courthouse, Detention Facility, Parking Garage, and renovations at the County Jail. The Project will be funded by General Obligation Bonds issued by the City.

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