Bent County Jail Information in Las Animas, Colorado

Bent County Jail is a privately-run, medium-security facility of 1,400 beds in southeastern Colorado. It located at 11560 County Road FF 75, in Las Animas. The phone number to find an inmate is (719) 456-2610.

The County Jail's business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Its fax number is (719) 456-2515.

In this article our Denver criminal defense attorneys answer frequently-asked-questions about Bent County Jail in Las Animas, Colorado, including bail procedures. Click on a topic to jump to that section:

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The Bent County Jail is located at 11560 Road FF75, Las Animas, Colorado

1. How do I find a person in custody?

The Correctional Facility currently does not have an online database to help with your search, but you can call the facility directly at (719) 456-2610. They will be able to assist you with your search for an individual within their facility.

2. How do I bail out a person in custody at the County Jail?

The bail amount that an individual has to pay is determined by the crime. Some places have a scheduled amount for a specific crime.

To post bail for an individual at Bent Jail, there are three ways that you can go about it.

  1. Cash bond. Cash bonds are not commonly used because the expense that needs to be paid up front is quite high. When dealing with a cash bond, the bail amount usually needs to be paid in full. After the case ends, the bail money gets returned in full.
  2. Property bond. Property bonds usually work only if the value is equal to or greater than the bail amount that was set for the defendant. If the defendant fails to appear for any of the court dates or violates any terms of release, then the court will issue a warrant for his/her arrest, and will take over his/her property.
  3. Bondsman. The benefit of using a bondsman is that the customer pays only 10% to 15% of the bail amount, and the bondsman pays the rest. But once the case ends and the courts returns the money, the bondsman gets to keep that 10% to 15% as payment.

3. Can I phone a person in custody at the County Correctional Facility?

Bent Correctional does not provide telephones to the people in custody, so they cannot receive phone calls from you. An individual in custody can make phone calls to you. They are able to make phone calls through calling cards, collect calls, a dedicated phone line, or through a prison calling plan. Learn more at (719) 456-2610.

4. When can I visit a person in custody?

Visiting days are on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m, including holidays. The jail begins processing visitors at 9:30 am. If the jail begins to overcrowd, officials will ask for volunteers to terminate their visit and leave. People arriving after 3:00 p.m. will not be allowed to visit that day.

The only jewelry visitors may wear are a wedding ring, a religious necklace pendant, and medical alert badges. Visitors with hair extensions should disclose that information in advance; the extensions may not be attached with a clip or comb. The jail also forbids inappropriate clothing, open-toed shoes, hats, or inclement weather attire.

5. How do I put money on a person in custody's books?

There are two ways to send money to a person in custody. You can go directly to the facility and deliver the money in person. Another way of doing so is by mail:

Inmate name, ID #

11560 County Road FF75

Las Animas, Colorado 81054

Be sure to include the inmate's name and ID number.

6. Can I send mail to a person in custody?

Yes, you can send mail to a person in custody at the detention facility at:

Inmate Name, ID #

Bent County Correctional Facility

11560 road FF 75

Las Animas, Colorado 81054

The facility does search and read all mail. If they find that the mail sent does not comply with facility regulations, they reserve the right to send the mail back. Take care in not to write anything incriminating about yourself or the inmate--the jail staff can share the mail's contents with prosecutors. 

Mail that is not accepted is anything in a box or package, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. 

7. Does Bent County have medical care?

Yes, the facility has a 24-hour clinic that helps with any medical situation, dental, and mental health. If necessary, ailing inmates can be rushed by ambulance to the nearest hospital.

8. Does the Detention Facility have a commissary?

Yes, the jail does have a commissary for the inmates. If you wish to put money into an inmates books, please reference question 5, where there are instructions on how to put money into someone's account.

9. Who gets booked at the Bent Facility?

People arrested in and around Las Animas, Colorado get booked at the Bent Jail. If they cannot bail out, they stay there until their trial. Bent Jail also holds people who have already been convicted and are serving a sentence of one (1) year or less. 

10. Other information

Colorado's first privately-run jail, the Bent County Correctional Facility is a medium-security detention center that was built in 1993 and it holds 1,400 inmates. 

Bent inmates can take courses to obtain their GED as well as college correspondence courses. Inmates battling addiction can receive substance abuse treatment. The jail has a library, though access to the legal section is by appointment only. Bent also provides residents a kitchen, a gym, and a music program.

Corrections Corporation of America, otherwise known as CCA, has run the facility since 1996.

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