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-hour window after the bond is signed by all parties involved.
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
Monday through Sunday
7:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
The bonding office is located in the lobby of the Downtown Detention facility and is closed overnight.
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 St.
Denver, CO 80202
According to Colorado statute, the maximum amount of time that 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), 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:
Note: It is important to understand that many things can affect 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, and 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 two-six 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, CO 80010
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. The Denver Sheriff Department will charge a $30 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 (PDF)
$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 (PDF)