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Denver, CO 80201

Inmate Services

Through the Denver Sheriff Department, many inmates acquire valuable knowledge, skills and work experience through programs vocational training opportunities, and/or other occupational education courses offered at our facilities.

NEW! Download the Inmate Handbook


The staff of the Religious Services section is responsible for assuring inmates have the opportunity to participate in religious practices deemed essential to their faith while incarcerated.  This is accomplished through the leadership of the Inmate Programs Chaplain and over 300 trained religious services volunteers, representing 115 churches in the community.

On a weekly basis, more than 75 services and Bible studies are held, including Catholic, Catholic in Spanish Language, Inter-denominational, Inter-denominational in Spanish language, Islamic, and Jehovah Witness.

Annually, hundreds of inmates receive individual spiritual counseling through the Sheriff Department chaplains and/or the volunteers from various church organizations.

When a religious leader of an inmate’s faith is not represented through the staff volunteers, the chaplain assists the inmate in contacting such a person.  Members of the Religious Service’s staff also maintain close relationships with community religious resources.

In addition, local churches and/or charitable organizations donate the majority of religious reading materials distributed in the jails.

The Denver Sheriff Department is fortunate to have the support of numerous religious leaders in the community to provide services to inmates of so many different faiths.

It is the mission of the Denver Sheriff’s Food Service Department to ensure that all inmates housed in our facilities receive meals that are nutritionally balanced, diverse, and prepared and served in the manner that upholds industry standards for health and safety.


Inmates receive 3 meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner). Bread is also baked on premises weekly. Food is prepared daily under controlled sanitary conditions. All meals have been approved by an independent Registered Dietician to ensure balance and variety.

Religious Diets

We provide religious meals that are reviewed by certified personnel to ensure adherence to religious requirements. We are also observant of food needs for religious holidays.

Special Medical Diets
Our partnership with the Medical Department provides immediate communication for inmates with special dietary and health needs. Special Medical Diets are verified before all meal times.

Food Education & Certification
It is important to the Food Department that the experience within our kitchens is an educational experience. Inmates have an opportunity to become ServSafe Food Handlers Certified; this is a nationally recognized certification & is a requirement for work at most food establishments.

We also provide training in Warehousing, Cook-Chill preparation and Bakery production.

Direct Supervision Model

The Direct supervision model combines two key elements:

  • The Physical Design of the jail and housing units
  • Inmate Management Strategy

“Direct supervision jails focus on actively managing inmate behavior to produce a jail that is safe and secure for inmates, staff, and visitors.

Staff interacts continuously with inmates in the housing units, actively supervising them to identify problems in their early stages. They use basic management techniques to prevent negative behavior and encourage positive behavior. Staff assumes control of the jail and establish a professional supervisory relationship with inmates. There are no barriers separating staff and inmates in the housing units.

The physical design of the jail supports the management of inmate behavior by reducing physical barriers that impede staff/inmate interaction, by ensuring there are clear sightlines into all areas of the housing units, and by incorporating design elements, fixtures, and furnishings that promote positive inmate behavior”. National Institute of Corrections website

Objective Classification Model

Objective Classification relies on a narrow set of well-defined factors to determine housing within the jail. Some of these factors are:

  • Severity of Current Offense
  • Prior Convictions
  • Prior incarcerations
  • Institutional Behavior

There are three ways to place monies on an inmate's account:

  1. Payments can be made by cash or credit card by kiosk located at the Downtown Detention Facility located at 490 Colfax Denver, CO 80206. You must have the offenders criminal Descriptor Number (CD #) to place on their account. CD numbers can be located on the offender look up.
  2. Payments in the form of postal money orders can be dropped off at the information desk at each facility. The inmates name and CD# need to be written on the money order to be applied to the correct person.
  3.  Monies can be placed on an inmate’s account by going to Access Corrections. You will need the CD# to complete this transaction.

Money can be withdrawn from an inmate's account if the inmate agrees to it and the inmate has ample funds on his account. A valid government issued ID will be required to make this request.

Calling Cards

The Denver Sheriff’s Department has changed their inmate telephone service provider. 

In order to receive calls from an inmate, you will need to open a new account with Securus Technologies. To setup a new account with Securus Technologies, please visit our website at or call 1-800-844-6591.

Friends & Family GTL Refund Process
Payments made to the previous inmate telephone service provider GTL will not be transferred to Securus Technologies. You should contact the previous provider GlobalTel*Link to request a refund. 


  1. Select Inmate Friends and Family Members link
  2. Select Global Tel*Link Billing Support link
  3. Select Refund Inquiry Support link

A GTL agent will call the customer back and either process their refund request (credit or debit card refunds) or they will provide the instructions for receiving a refund by mail.

Credit or Debit card refunds:

  • A GTL agent will submit a Refund Request after obtaining the card detail from the customer over the phone, and the customer should see the credit on their card account within 30 – 60 business days.

Check refunds for Western Union or Money Order payments

  • They will submit a Refund Request in writing; a GTL customer service agent will provide them with the details needed for the request and notate their account that a refund is in process. The written request can be faxed or mailed to GTL
  • The refund checks are mailed to the customers within 30 – 60 business days.

Life Skills
In collaboration with community providers, Life Skills is comprised of various classes and cognitive behavioral treatment to provide offenders the opportunity to gain resources and skills necessary to make improved life choices to lead more responsible and productive lives.

RISE (Recovery in a Secured Environment)
RISE is based on principles that include social learning theory, the 12-Step philosophy, cognitive behavioral treatment, and life skills concepts. Utilization of evidence based curriculum provides tools for recovery and fosters self-efficacy in a structured peer-to-peer learning environment. RISE is an intensive jail-to-community transition program. Partnerships with providers afford opportunities for continuity of care as an offender transitions to the community upon release. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of substance abuse related arrests through provision of peer based recovery support services. Post conviction offenders are housed in dedicated units and participate in programming for at least nine hours per day, six days per week.

Relapse Prevention
In conjunction with community providers, Relapse Prevention is designed to provide an educational foundation to female offenders who have struggled with, or have a history of substance abuse. The weekly program offers information, tools and resources to identify problematic using behavior and implement improved decision-making skills in order to reduce the risk of future relapse.

Project Bedtime Story
In partnership with community providers, Project Bedtime Story provides female offenders the opportunity to learn, understand, and create positive maternal interaction and continued involvement with their children while incarcerated. Mothers are taped reading a children’s book and the tapes are sent to their child to promote family well-being.

In conjunction with community providers, classes, test preparation, and monthly testing is offered to offenders who don’t have a high school diploma or GED. In addition, offenders have the opportunity to continue classes and/or testing with GED providers upon release.

Program Providers


Upon intake, prisoners are searched, have a digital mugshot and right index fingerprint taken, are evaluated for medical and mental health issues by medical staff. Prisoner's property is inventoried and a thorough pat search (and metal detector search) of each prisoner is performed.  Fingerprint cards are sent to the CBI electronically. A check for any additional warrants is made when the fingerprints are classed and searched by the Denver Police Department Identification Bureau.

The process time for an inmate to be booked into jail can vary. However, it usually takes between 2-6 hours to be fully processed through our intake system. There are many things that can prolong an offender's identification process. Fingerprints are transmitted to the Denver Police Department Identification Bureau, Colorado Bureau of Investigation's fingerprint database and the FBI's fingerprint database for clearance. The jail has no control over how long the process will take.

ICE holds are immigration holds. Any questions regarding the ICE process should be directed to the ICE office.
The ICE detention center is located at:

3130 North Oakland St.
Aurora, Colorado 80010

You can now find the location of an inmate in Denver county with our new Inmate Search tool.

Can't find the inmate you're looking for in Denver?

Please address mail to:

Inmate’s name and CD#
P.O. Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201

The inmate CD number is necessary in order to avoid mail mix up among inmates with similar names.

Stationery mailed from an individual:

  • Legal mail
  • Personal letters
  • 25 white envelopes, 25 stamps, 2 white or yellow legal pads (this amount can be received every 30 days only)**
  • Photos (no larger than 5x7 and no sexually explicit or nude photos, no gang related photos and no poster size cards).

Not to exceed 10 within a 6 month period

  • One (1) religious Bible, Koran and or five (5) pamphlets
  • Colored pencils (must be no longer than 3 inches in length and no more than 12 pencils)

Stationery mailed directly from Stationery Store (i.e. Office Depot, Office Max, etc) (Once every 90 days)**

  • 12 legal pads
  • 100 envelopes
  • 100 stamps

**PLEASE NOTE: If an inmate receives more than the stated amount of items in a 90 day period, those additional items will be returned to sender.

Cashiers Checks and Money Orders:

Cashiers Checks, money orders, payroll checks ARE accepted.
**PLEASE NOTE: Non-postal money orders and payroll checks are subject to a 14 day hold.

Items not accepted in the mail:

  • Ink pens
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Personal stationary
  • Laminated or plastic cards (i.e. religious cards, etc)
  • Stickers, tape, paste or any item with a glued surface
  • Correspondence with questionable substances or stains (which appear on the correspondence)


All books must be shipped directly from a book store (receipt required). No more than five (5) books at one time, this includes magazines.

Materials not acceptable:

  • Material is unacceptable for regular mailing with the U.S. Postal Service
  • Materials that appeal to a morbid interest (i.e. nudity, sex, sadism, masochism)
  • Materials that defame, vilify or incite hatred toward different races, religions, creeds or national origins.
  • Materials advocating the violent overthrow of the existing forms of government or portraying such conduct as commendable.
  • Materials depicting the use or manufacture of firearms, explosives or other weapons
  • Materials depicting or relating to locksmithing, lock picking or ways to defeat security or locking mechanisms or systems.

Denver Health

Denver Health is a comprehensive, integrated organization providing level one care for all, regardless of ability to pay. Twenty-five percent of all Denver residents, or approximately 150,000 individuals, receive their health care at Denver Health. One in three children in Denver is cared for by Denver Health physicians as well.

As Colorado's primary safety net institution, Denver Health has provided billions of dollars in uncompensated care. Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality health care system serving as a model for other safety net institutions across the nation.

Mental Health

The behavioral health services team consists of psychologists, psychiatrists, advanced practicing nurses, nursing staff, case managers, and social workers. They work together to provide the best care to the inmates. Services include medication management, individual therapy, group therapy, and case management. The High Acuity Transition (HAT) unit is located at the Downtown Detention Center and is a voluntary program designed for inmates with chronic and persistent mental illness.

The Male and Female Transition Units are located at the County Jail and provide clinical and transitional services to appropriate inmates with mental illness as well. A 30-day prescription for psychiatric medications is provided to inmates released into the community from Denver County in order to encourage a continuum of care.

Denver Health Mission

  • Provide access to the highest quality health care, whether for prevention, or acute and chronic diseases, regardless of ability to pay;
  • Provide life-saving emergency medicine and trauma services to Denver and the Rocky Mountain region;
  • Fulfill public health functions as dictated by the Denver Charter and the needs of the citizens of Denver;
  • Provide health education for patients;
  • Participate in the education of the next generation of health care professionals; and
  • Engage in research, which enhances our ability to meet the health care needs of Denver Health system patients

Property can be released to an individual as long as the inmate allows it. However, the inmate must authorize the release of property to you, before it is released. Property requests cannot be completed by mail and property will not be sent to a requestor. You must have a valid government ID to place the request and have property released to you. Valid government IDs accepted include valid state or federal photo ID (Driver's license, state ID, passport, military ID, etc.).

You will need to fill out a property release request form at the:
Downtown Detention Center Facility
490 Colfax Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80204

You must be present when the officer presents the property. it is important to note, if property is released to you, you will be responsible for taking all of the inmates property at that time. You will not be allowed to pick and chose which items will be released. So, you should arrange to take all of the property with you before you come. The facility does not have bags to provide to the public for property which is to be removed.

You will not be able to drop property off to an inmate. Inmates can purchase sundries, underwear and t-shirts from the commissary. Inmates are provided shoes and other clothing by the facility.

You cannot bring in stationary, books, religious items or books to an inmate. However, you can mail these items to an inmate directly from a store or publisher.

Reservations must be made for all visits and can be made online or you can call 720-913-3791. All visits are video visits only (no contact visits).

How will you be notified of your visit:

  • Online request submissions: If you submit a request online, your confirmation will be sent via email, if your request has been approved. This is not the same as the notification you receive for submitting the request form. Please check your spam or junk folder for your confirmation email.
  • For requests submitted with only a phone number contact: If you drop off your visit request form at either facility, or fax your request to 'Visit Reservations', and you only include your phone number you will be called with your confirmation. Phone calls for your confirmation will be made on Wednesday or Thursday of the scheduled visit week for the Denver County Jail or, 1 to 3 days prior to the scheduled visit for the Downtown Detention Center, if your request has been approved.
  • For requests submitted with an email address contact: If you drop off your visit request form at either facility, or fax your request to 'Visit Reservations', and you include your email address your confirmation will be sent via email, if your request has been approved.

If you have not received a phone call or email confirmation, your visit has not been approved.

Reasons for a visit not receiving approval:

  • Missing information: Your form is missing legal name, driver's license # (as well as the state of issue, if not Colorado), date of birth or contact name and number (or email). if minor visitors are to be included on the visit, their legal name and date of birth must be included.
  • Invalid dates: You submitted your form too soon or too late. Visits are scheduled for the following week with Monday being the deadline for requests. For example, visits requested on Tuesday are not for the upcoming week/weekend, but the week/weekend thereafter. This applies to all forms of requests, whether in the lobby, by fax, email, phone or online. Please refer to our inmate search tool for inmate location and refer to the days/times indicated on our website for their location.
  • Invalid times: Visit days and times vary between facilities. Please refer to our inmate search tool for inmate location and refer to the days/times indicates on our website for their location.
  • Inmate is not eligible for visits: if an inmate has not been at the facility for ten (10) days, at the time of submission, the request will not be considered. (There is not an exemption to this requirement where the inmate is in our custody pursuant to a writ.) if the inmate is transferred from the Downtown Detention Center to the Denver County jail, or vice versa, the time at the previous facility is not included in this time frame. if the inmate has lost their visit privileges, the request will not be considered and existing visits will be cancelled.
  • Inmate's visits are full: The inmate already has the allotted reservation(s) at the time your request was processed.
  • Session times are full: There are only a select number of slots available for each session. once the session is full, we are not able to schedule any more visits for that session.
  • Inmate has a court or other appointment on the day requested.

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Do not send more than one request per week. we only schedule one week at a time.
  • When completing the request form, indicate three (3) options for each visit. If the time requested is full or invalid, or the inmate is no longer in our custody, you will not be contacted.
  • Downtown Detention Center & Denver County's Main Jail: Arrive and check in 30 minutes prior to your scheduled visit. All visitors are required to show a valid government issued ID at the time of check-in. Visitors from outside of the U.S.A. must present a passport. Visas are not acceptable, but consulate IDs are.
  • Denver County Jail Community Corrections: Arrive and check in 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit. All visitors are required to show a valid government issued ID at the time of check-in. Visitors from outside of the U.S.A. must present a passport. Visas are not acceptable, but consulate IDs are.
  • Visit requests are only a request. In no way is it to be considered a guaranteed approval of the visit. If you are not contacted by phone or email, your visit is not approved. If you scheduled with the reservationist, you will not get a confirmation call.
  • Do not leave requested date/time area on the form blank. If you have an open schedule, please indicate the days you are open. However, if you indicate your schedule is open and you are not able to attend the reserved visit session, you will not be rescheduled.
  • If you are unable to attend an appointment, it will be a missed visit and still count toward the inmate's allotted visits for the week.
  • Downtown Detention Center and Denver County Main Jail: Inmates are allowed two (2) visits per week. (Either 2 single or 1 family and 1 single). Inmates are not allowed to have both visits on the same day.
  • Denver County Jail Community Correction/Work Release (Bldgs 19 & 24): Inmates are allowed one (1) visit per week.
  • A family visit is deemed as any visit with two (2) or more visitors. A maximum of three (3) visitors are allowed (including infants and children).

Download the complete list of rules and guidelines for your reference .


Reservations must be made for all visits and can be made online or you can call 720-913-3791. All visits are video visits only (no contact visits).

familiarize yourself with our 'Guidelines for Visitation Requests' prior to submitting your visit request. Download a printable version of our guidelines.

Download a printable request form
Download a printable request form - en Español


Denver County Jail



02/17/17 - 02/19/17

02/07/17 - 02/13/17

02/24/17 - 02/26/17

02/14/17 - 02/20/17

03/03/17 - 03/05/17

02/21/17 - 02/27/17

03/10/17 - 03/12/17

02/28/17 - 03/06/17

03/17/17 - 03/19/17

03/07/17 - 03/13/17

03/24/17 - 03/26/17

03/14/17 - 03/20/17

03/31/17 - 04/02/17

03/21/17 - 03/27/17

04/07/17 - 04/09/17

03/28/17 - 04/03/17

04/14/17 - 04/16/17

04/04/17 - 04/10/17

04/21/17 - 04/23/17

04/11/17 - 04/17/17

04/28/17 - 04/30/17

04/18/17 - 04/24/17

05/05/17 - 05/07/17

04/25/17 - 05/01/17

05/12/17 - 05/14/17

05/02/17 - 05/08/17

05/19/17 - 05/21/17

05/09/17 - 05/15/17

05/26/17 - 05/28/17

05/16/17 - 05/22/17

06/02/17 - 06/04/17

05/23/17 - 05/29/17

06/09/17 - 06/11/17

05/30/17 - 06/05/17

06/16/17 - 06/18/17

06/06/17 - 06/12/17

06/23/17 - 06/25/17

06/13/17 - 06/19/17

06/30/17 - 07/02/17

06/20/17 - 06/26/17

07/07/17 - 07/09/17

06/27/17 - 07/03/17

07/14/17 - 07/16/17

07/04/17 - 07/10/17

  • Building 21 (except C, M & N), 22C and 22D
    12:00 pm - 8:00 pm (on the hour)
  • Building 21 (C, M & N)
    12:30 pm – 7:30 pm (on the half hour)
  • Building 22A 
    12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (on the hour)
  • Building 22B 
    5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (on the hour)
  • Building 4 (Adults) 
    Friday – Sunday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm (on the hour)
  • Building 1
    Friday – Sunday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm (on the hour)
  • Buildings 19 and 24 – Saturday or Sunday
    11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Reservations must be made for all visits at the Denver County Jail


Van Cise-Simonet Detention Facility



02/14/17 – 02/20/17

02/07/17 – 02/13/17

02/21/17 – 02/27/17

02/14/17 – 02/20/17

02/28/17 – 03/06/17

02/21/17 – 02/27/17

03/07/17 – 03/13/17

02/28/17 – 03/06/17

03/14/17 – 03/20/17

03/07/17 – 03/13/17

03/21/17 – 03/27/17

03/14/17 – 03/20/17

03/28/17 – 04/03/17

03/21/17 – 03/27/17

04/04/17 – 04/10/17

03/28/17 – 04/03/17

04/11/17 – 04/17/17

04/04/17 – 04/10/17

04/18/17 – 04/24/17

04/11/17 – 04/17/17

04/25/17 – 05/01/17

04/18/17 – 04/24/17

05/02/17 – 05/08/17

04/25/17 – 05/01/17

05/09/17 – 05/15/17

05/02/17 – 05/08/17

05/16/17 – 05/22/17

05/09/17 – 05/15/17

05/23/17 – 05/29/17

05/16/17 – 05/22/17

05/30/17 – 06/05/17

05/23/17 – 05/29/17

06/06/17 – 06/12/17

05/30/17 – 06/05/17

06/13/17 – 06/19/17

06/06/17 – 06/12/17

06/20/17 – 06/26/17

06/13/17 – 06/19/17

06/27/17 – 07/03/17

06/20/17 – 06/26/17

07/04/17 – 07/10/17

06/27/17 – 07/03/17

07/11/17 – 07/17/17

07/04/17 – 07/10/17

2A, 2D, 2F, 3rd, 4th & 5th Floors (Longterm Housing)
Reservations Required

7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am,
6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm


Reservations must be made for all visits in Longterm Housing



Court Information

All prisoners are processed at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center. Meals, phone calls, programs, video visitation and showers are all done within the housing unit. Prisoners have access to National Commission on Correctional Health Care(NCCHC) accredited health care, 24 hours a day, under the guidance of the Denver Health Medical Center. The County Jail Division is then responsible for the long term care and custody of sentenced prisoners, sentenced and pre-sentenced female prisoners and prisoners sentenced to alternative sentencing programs/community corrections. 

The Alternative Sentencing Program allows offenders the opportunity to maintain their employment and / or education / treatment. These programs are carefully supervised and include monetary fees, which shall be determined by a case assessment. The Work Search Program provides the offender the opportunity to search for employment while serving a jail sentence and must be authorized by the court.

Inmates are generally released on bond within a two (2) hour window after the bond is signed by all parties involved.

  • Bond cannot be posted for someone that has been arrested until their fingerprints have been cleared and they have been fully booked into jail.
  • If a bond is posted for someone that has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold, the bond will not be refunded if the individual does not appear on their return court date.
  • There is a non-refundable $50 bond fee that must be paid at the time the bond is posted.
  • If the defendant abides by the conditions of the bond (e.g. appear as ordered), the bond will be released upon final disposition of the case. If a professional bonding company was used, the premium paid to the bonding company will not be refunded.
  • If the defendant fails to appear in court on the new court date listed on the bond paperwork, the bond money will be forfeited and a new warrant will be issued for the defendant’s arrest.
  • Proper identification must be submitted if posting a bond by credit card.

The Sheriff Department does not run the bonding office. Any questions concerning the bonding process should be directed to:

County Court’s Bonding Office
490 East Colfax

Hours 7:00AM-10:30 PM Monday through Sunday.
The bonding office is located in the lobby of the Downtown Detention facility and is closed overnight.

Community Reentry is tasked with creating and implementing an evidence-based comprehensive jail to community reentry process and services.

The Community Reentry Project (CRP) serves adult residents of Denver, within one year of release for a misdemeanor conviction from the Denver County Jail. CRP provides cognitive education classes, employment workshops, shelter vouchers, transportation assistance, mental health counseling and relapse prevention support to help individuals stay our of jail and lead productive lives. For more information on the project, please call (720) 865-2330.

Courtroom 2300 (the advisement court) is open daily, excluding holidays. All other courtrooms are closed on weekends and holidays.

If an inmate cannot hire private counsel to represent them, a public defender will be appointed to them for all court hearings while they remain in custody you can contact the Public Defender's Office at:

Colorado Public Defenders Office (Felony and State Level Misdemeanor cases)
1290 Broadway, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80203

The Municipal Public Defender’s Office (All other cases)

Children are only allowed at a judge's disgresion. Children are also not allowed to be left unattended in the lobby. Child care can be arranged for at:
Warm Welcome Court Childcare Center

270 14th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202

The quick answer to that question is that according to Colorado statute, the maximum amount of time which can be taken off a county jail sentence is 14 days for every 30 days.

According to the Law - C.R.S. 17-26-109 (1), and C.R.S.17-26-109(2), and C.R.S 17-26-115, all inmates will earn good time credits including Statutory and Sheriff’s good time credit, earned time credit, and Trustee Good time if they:

  • Perform assigned duties while in Denver’s custody
    The sheriff staff evaluates the work performance of inmates, and decides whether or not an inmate will be designated as an inmate worker or “Trustee”. An inmate can have the ability to remove ten days for every thirty from your sentence with this credit.
  • Get along well with others and not cause trouble while in custody
    According to law (C.R.S. 17-26-110), an offender can loose good time credits if it is determined through an Internal Conduct Adjustment Board hearing that they were involved in wrongdoing, internal rule violations or displayed poor behaviors while in custody.  All good time can be removed from an offender that attempts to escape from custody.
  • Successful participation in educational and other programs (Earned time credit)
    Inmates can earn up to three days off their sentence in any thirty day period by successfully completing assigned or self designated programs.  Please see inmate service for a list of in-custody programs offered.

How credits are applied is often misunderstood.  It is important to understand that many things can effect the application of credits to a sentence and that good time credits are a privilege granted at the discretion of the Sheriff, not a right.


The County Court Probation Department provides probation services for over 5,000 misdemeanant offenders with cases in Denver County Court. The department’s primary goal is to protect and enhance public safety and enforce court orders by encouraging clients to make positive lifestyle choices.

Probation contact numbers:
County Court Probation 720-913-8300
Denver District Court Adult Probation 720-913-4700


Colorado Parole Office, Central Region
4120 S. Julian Way
Denver, CO 80236

Main office number (Critical Incident II) - (303) 866-7850 
Critical Incident Cell phone - (303) 919-0393 
Central Region Office Directory

Upon intake, prisoners are searched, have a digital mugshot and right index fingerprint taken, are evaluated for medical and mental health issues by medical staff. Prisoner's property is inventoried and a thorough pat search (and metal detector search) of each prisoner is performed.  Fingerprint cards are sent to the CBI electronically. A check for any additional warrants is made when the fingerprints are classed and searched by the Denver Police Department Identification Bureau.

The process time for an inmate to be booked into jail can vary. However, it usually takes between 2-6 hours to be fully processed through our intake system. There are many things that can prolong an offender's identification process. Fingerprints are transmitted to the Denver Police Department Identification Bureau, Colorado Bureau of Investigation's fingerprint database and the FBI's fingerprint database for clearance. The jail has no control over how long the process will take.

ICE holds are immigration holds. Any questions regarding the ICE process should be directed to the ICE office.
The ICE detention center is located at:

3130 North Oakland St.
Aurora, Colorado 80010

Processing Fee Information

For Processing Fee Information call 720-865-3856 to leave a message.

$30 Processing Fee
C.R.S. 30-1-104(1)(n) authorizes jurisdictions to implement and collect a fee for the commitment and discharge of convicted prisoners. Effective June 2005, the Denver Sheriff Department will charge a $30.00 Processing Fee for each person booked into jail. A person not convicted of any charge may request a full refund of the amount paid.
Processing Fee Refund Request Form

$30 Cuota por el Proceso
C.R.S. 30-1-104(1)(n)autoriza juridicciones al implementer y collecionar un cobro por la fianza y absultura de prisioneros que han sido convictos. Apartir de Junio 2005, el Departamento de Sheriffs del Condado de Denver empezara a cobrar $30.00 por el pago de procesamiento por cada persona enlistada dentro de la carcel. Aquella persona que no haya sido declarada, debera solicitar el reembolso completo de la cantidad antes pagada.
Requisito de reembolso de la cuota de procesamiento

Information on PREA
(Prison Rape Elimination Act)

The Denver Sheriff Department takes every report of sexual misconduct seriously and will thoroughly, promptly and objectively investigate all allegations.

We treat every investigation in a confidential and professional manner. All victims will be provided with medical and mental health care.

The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) has a zero-tolerance policy relating to offender-on-offender and staff-on-offender sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual misconduct as set forth under the standards of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and DSD Department Order 4100.

“Zero tolerance” means that sexual harassment, sexual abuse/assault, and sexual misconduct will not be tolerated in DSD facilities.

Sexual harassment/abuse/assault/misconduct includes:

  1. Offender-on-offender sexual assault, abuse, misconduct, and harassment.
  2. Staff-on-offender sexual assault, abuse, harassment, and sexual misconduct (sexual/inappropriate relationships with offenders).

PREA is an acronym and stands for the Prison Rape Elimination Act. PREA was passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2003. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law that was created to put an end to sexual abuse against inmates in federal and state prisons, jails, lockups, community corrections facilities, and juvenile detention centers. The purpose of the act was to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations, and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.”

The number one reason to comply with PREA standards is that it is the right thing to do. We have a tremendous responsibility to provide for the safety of those whom are entrusted into our care. All offenders who are in the custody of the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) have the right to be free from sexual assault, abuse, and harassment. PREA is intended to address the detection, prevention, reduction and prosecution of sexual harassment, abuse, and sexual assault in all correctional facilities in the country.

A victim may:

  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Suffer a loss of appetite
  • Experience stomachaches and/or headaches
  • Display anger or rage
  • Seem unusually  anxious
  • Express concern about their safety
  • Seem unusually  detached or withdrawn
  • Have episodes of crying or shaking
  • Not care about their personal hygiene

Anyone who suspects or has knowledge of any sexual harassment, sexual assault/abuse, or sexual misconduct in any juvenile, adult detention or correctional facility should report it to a staff member, volunteer, supervisor, administrator or external authority. Offenders may file grievances, tell clergy or programs staff, medical or psychiatric staff, or talk with a deputy and/or any other staff member with whom they feel comfortable and trust. Anyone who receives a report of sexual abuse in a confinement setting should report the incident immediately for investigation and disposition. All reports will be investigated.

Reports can be made anonymously by friends or family members at any time by:

 - Contacting any DSD staff member at the facility,

 - DSD Internal Affairs Bureau by phone 720-865-3888,

 - Office of the Independent Monitor

  • By phone 720-913-3306,
  • By mail 201 W. Colfax Ave. Dept 1201 Denver, CO 80202,
  • Or by completing a complaint form online, available through the Office of the Independent Monitor

Additional Contacts

Community Corrections Division
303 West Colfax Avenue, Suite 1700
Denver, Colorado 80204
Phone: (720) 913-8250
Fax:  (720) 913-8921

Electronic Monitoring Program
Pretrial Services Program
303 West Colfax Avenue, Suite 1600
Denver, Colorado 80204
Phone: (720) 913-8900
Fax: (720) 913-8920