The Denver County Jail System comprises two facilities that house 2,200 inmates who have been arrested or are serving short sentences in Denver County, Colorado. These two jail facilities are:
1. The Denver County Jail, located at 10500 East Smith Road in Denver, Colorado 80239.
2. The Denver City Detention Center, also referred to as the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center or Downtown Detention Center, located at 490 W. Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado 80204.
Search for an inmate in the Denver County Jail system here or call (720) 913-3600.
- 1. How do I locate an inmate a Denver County Jail?
- 2. How do I bail out an inmate?
- 3. Can I phone an inmate?
- 4. When can I visit an inmate?
- 5. How do I give money to an inmate?
- 6. Can I send mail to an inmate?
- 7. What if an inmate gets sick or needs medicine?
- 8. Does the jail have a commissary?
- 9. Who gets booked at the jail?
- 10. Other information
1. How do I find a person in custody?
Click here. When searching for an inmate, you will be allowed to register yourself for inmate notifications and view the inmate's Criminal Descriptor Number, bail and court information. You can also call (720) 913-3642 or the prisoner information line at (720) 913-3600.
Call (720) 913-3600 for the latest bail procedures. People may post bail by cash or by using a bondsman. People pay a bondsman 10-15% of the bail amount, and the bondsman puts up the rest. Once the case ends, the entire bond is returned to the bondsman (so that 10-15% constitutes their payment).
Once bond is posted, it may take several hours before the inmate is released.
No, but inmates may call out. To set up an account to receive calls, contact Securus at 1-800-844-6591.
Inmates may not receive visits for the first ten (10) days in custody. To request an inmate visit after this ten (10) day period, click here or call (720) 913-3791. Click here to find the available jail visit days.
By one of three ways:
- Go to the kiosk located at the Downtown Detention Facility at 490 Colfax Denver, Colorado 80206, to pay by cash or credit card. Make sure you have the Criminal Descriptor Number (also referred to as the CD #).
- Drop off a postal money order at the information desk at the Downtown Detention Facility at 490 Colfax Denver, Colorado 80206. On the money order, include the inmate's name and Criminal Descriptor Number so that it can be applied to the correct person.
- Click here to be redirected to Access Corrections. You need the inmate's Criminal Descriptor Number.
Yes. The address is:
Inmates's name and Criminal Descriptor Number (CD)
P.O. Box 1108
Denver, Colorado 80201
Inmates may receive:
- Legal mail;
- Personal letters;
- 25 white envelopes, 25 stamps, two (2) white or yellow legal pads (this amount can only be received by the inmate every 30 days only);
- Photos that are no larger than five by seven (5x7) inches (the photos may not be sexually explicit, include nude photos, be gang-related, or be poster-size);
- One (1) religious Bible, Koran and/or five (5) pamphlets; and/or
- Colored pencils (they must not exceed three (3) inches in length and no more than 12 pencils)
Items not accepted in the mail include: ink pens, spiral notebooks, personal stationery, laminated or plastic cards, stickers, tape, paste/ any item with a glued surface, and correspondence with questionable substances or stains.
All incoming mail is read by jail staff, so do not say anything incriminating.
Health services staff are available to provide medical, mental health and dental care. If necessary, the inmate can be sent to Denver Health Medical Center for treatment.
Denver's Citizen Oversight Board is calling for the jail to let inmates with infants to store their breastmilk so it could be transported to their babies. Currently, any breastmilk inmates express gets thrown away, in a crude policy called "pump and dump."
Yes. The commissary is operated by an independent contractor who schedules each housing unit to receive canteen items one day per week. Purchases cannot exceed $175.00 per week. Inmates with items amounting to more than $200.00 in value will have the extra items confiscated.
Only inmates can make commissary purchases, and only if they have money on their books.
Meanwhile, the Denver County Jail facility houses people serving misdemeanor sentences. It also temporarily houses people awaiting transfer to the Colorado Department of Corrections for their prison sentence.
The Denver Jail System houses a total of 2,200 inmates. When it is overcrowded, inmates may have to sleep on pallets on the floor. But in 2017, the average daily population has steadily decreased in large part to the following proactive city measures:
- The new Clinical Intervention Response Unit steers people in the midst of a mental health crisis to get help before they can commit a crime.
- Cops have also been issuing more citations instead of placing people under arrests.
- Judges are granting more OR releases (where no bail is required).
- Prosecutors are now required to attend a defendant's "first hearing." In the past, they did not attend until the second appearance. This way a defendant can be released after the first hearing if he/she can make bail.
- The Downtown Detention Center added staff that works later hours. This expedites the release for some detainees who otherwise would have to stay in jail overnight.
There is an alarming rate of inmate violence in the Denver Jails. Since 2011, the number of assaults between inmates has skyrocketed by 784%. A state committee is currently investigating this issue.
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- Michael Roberts, Breastfeeding at Denver County Jail: A Call to End "Pump and Dump", Westword (December 12, 2017).
- The Denver Jail Population is Shrinking, Denver Post (July 19, 2017).
- Denver County Jail Under Scrutiny After 2 Serious Altercations Within 3 Months, FOX 31 Denver (November 10, 2017)