The Summit County Jail is a 95-bed adult detention facility located in Breckenridge, CO. The jail provides temporary housing for male and female detainees from Summit and nearby counties, with less than a third of the population serving sentences for a Colorado misdemeanor or felony crime.
The jail is located in the Summit County Justice Center at:
501 North Park Avenue
Breckenridge, CO 80424
The ski resort town of Breckenridge is situated in the Rocky Mountain range, 79 miles west of Denver. It is accessed from CO-9 South off of I-70.
This page, which is sponsored by Colorado criminal defense lawyers, provides important information of interest to Summit County inmates and their friends and family members. The following topics are covered below:
- 1. Inmate Search Information
- 2. Paying Bond for Summit County Inmates
- 3. Telephone Contact at the Jail
- 4. Breckenridge Jail Visitation
- 5. Commissary Funding
- 6. Detention Center Mail Policies
- 7. Life and Health at the Summit County Jail
- 8. Work Release
- 9. Inmate Checklist
- 10. Property Retrieval
- 11. Criminal Defense Assistance
1. Inmate Search
To determine if someone you know has been booked into the Summit County Jail, call the jail directly at (970) 453-2232, extension 1. You can also obtain the inmate's booking number, court dates, and bail bonding information.
Online, you can access inmate information across the country by using the “Find an Offender” option at Vinelink.com.
2. Bail Bonds in Breckenridge
In most cases, a detainee arrested in Summit County can gain temporary freedom with payment of a bail bond. There are three ways to pay an inmate's bond for this jail:
- Cash payment -- The jail accepts cash, certified checks and money orders.
- Use GovPayNet – Over the internet (govpaynow.com)or via telephone (at 888-277-2535), you can pay bond using a credit or debit card. The pay location code is 6449. You will need to supply the inmate's name and ID#. A transaction fee of 7% will be charged for this service.
- Use a bail bondsman – A licensed bonding agency can post the bail bond for you (for a fee of up to 15%). These agencies are listed at the facility, and can also be found online or in phone directories.
Remember, any money or property put up to pay the bail bond will be subject to forfeiture if the inmate doesn't show for court dates. For more information about the bonding process, see: How to post bail in Colorado.
3. Inmate Phone Calls
Inmates are not allowed to receive incoming phone calls unless they are from legal counsel or a similar professional. Inmates at the Summit County jail can make collect calls to family and friends or can use prepaid calling minutes.
Phone time can be purchased with commissary orders and funds can be provided by family/friends. To accomplish this, go to securustech.net to set up an account. You can also deposit cash at the jail for phone calls or send a cashier's check or money order by mail.
Using Securus, you can leave 30-second voicemail messages for incarcerated inmates, and can also receive voicemail replies. For help with this feature, call (800) 844-6591 or email [email protected]
Please note that all telephone calls (with the exception of legal calls) and voicemail are subject to monitoring and recording. Any remarks made about an inmate's criminal charges may affect the outcome of the case.
4. Visiting a Summit County Inmate
The detention center offers both at-home video visitation and on-site video visits. Contact visits are facilitated on a limited basis (see below).
Using the Securus online site, video visitation is accessible seven days a week, 24-hours a day. Visits must be scheduled six hours ahead. Visits are 20 minutes long, but there is no limit to the number of visits that may be scheduled. There is a charge for these visits, and no refunds are provided for scheduled visits.
To make a video visit appointment, you must provide information about each participant, including name, address, phone number, and email address.
Inmates are allowed one on-site visit per week. There is no charge for these visits, which are facilitated through a video screen in the lobby. Call the jail to schedule your visit or schedule using Securus.
For onsite visits, your name must be on a list of approved visitors previously submitted by the inmate. Inmates who are under disciplinary sanctions may be denied visitation privileges.
Rules for onsite visitation are as follows:
- You must present photo identification (government issued, such as a driver's license).
- Clothing should not be revealing and should not depict obscenity, violence, hate, gang symbols, or drug/alcohol/tobacco use.
- No photography or recording of the visit is allowed.
- Visitors appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be denied visitation.
- Disruptive activity or illegal acts are forbidden at the jail.
- All visitors must comply with staff instructions or will be asked to leave.
- Misconduct or actions interfering with safety and security will end the visit and may result in denial of future visitation rights.
Inmates in custody for 30 days or longer may be allowed one contact visit per month with an approved visitor (or two at one time). Contact visitors must be over age 18. The date and time of these visits are arranged according to availability of staff. Contact visitors will be subject to search upon entry.
Note that visits of all types may be canceled or rescheduled at the discretion of the detention center. Also, note that all visits are subject to monitoring and recording. Avoid discussing anything that may be incriminating to the inmate's criminal case status.
5. Commissary for Breckenridge Inmates
Commissary items can be purchased by inmates weekly, with items normally delivered on Wednesdays. The selection includes snacks/sweets and hygiene items.
Family and friends can deposit funds into the inmate's commissary account, either in person at the jail or through the mail. The jail accepts cash, money orders, and cashier's checks.
Alternatively, you can use a credit or debit card at Access Corrections to deposit commissary funds. The phone number is (866) 394-0490, and the website is www.SmartDeposit.com. For each Access Corrections transaction, there is a minimum deposit of $20 and a maximum of $300. Transaction fees are assessed.
Note that funds deposited for inmates will first be used to offset any balances owed to the facility, such as for medical and dental fees.
6. Inmate Mail
You can send mail to an inmate addressed as follows:
Summit County Jail
P.O. Box 210
Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
Please do not send any of the following:
- Glossy paper
- Polaroid pictures
- Magazine cut-outs
- Postage stamps
- Nude or explicit photographs
All mail is opened, and any inappropriate items will be stored awaiting the inmate's release. Note that mail is not private other than verified “legal mail.”
Do not send books or magazines. You can, however, have paperback books delivered directly to the jail from a vendor, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
7. Life and Health at the Jail
The Summit County Sheriff's Office is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of adults housed in the detention facility, and asserts a goal to safeguard the constitutional rights of inmates.
Medical and dental care is provided to inmates as needed. There is also access to group and individual mental health counseling sessions. Approved prescription medications are dispensed at regular intervals throughout the day.
Fees will be assessed for mental and physical conditions that are pre-existing or self-inflicted (including those caused by mutual combat or jail staff exerting necessary force). The charge is $10 to see a doctor or dentist and $5 for ordered prescription medications. Inmates who do not have funds to pay for their medical treatment will accrue a balance for eventual, post-release payment.
A number of programs are provided for the benefit of Summit County inmates, many staffed by local volunteers. These include Alcohol Anonymous (AA) programs and religious study classes. The jail contains a library available to inmates and provides for recreation six days a week. Outdoor recreation is allowed, weather permitting.
The jail has an “Inmate Trustee Program,” which provides for work assignments and associated good time sentence reductions. Work opportunities include onsite cleaning, meal preparation, painting, and washing vehicles. Work crews may also be dispatched to the Summit County Animal Shelter or for roadside, landscaping, and farm work.
8. Work Release Information
The Breckenridge jail facilitates a Work Release program for inmates who are granted this privilege by judicial consent. This is for inmates who have pre-arranged, outside employment set up. A work schedule must be submitted by the verified employer weekly. There will be random checks to ensure the inmate is working as outlined.
To participate in Work Release, which allows for gainful employment outside of the jail, you must pay a $225 deposit. Other costs are $45 per day for in county sentencing and $65 per day for sentencing from outside Summit County.
Information about the Work Release program can be found here:
9. New Inmate Check-In
When checking in to begin serving a sentence at the Summit County jail, you may bring the following items:
- 3 white T-shirts
- 3 pair of white underwear
- Cash to deposit for commissary and phones
- Prescription medication (this must come in the original pharmacy bottle with complete information provided, i.e. name, dose, and doctor's contact information)
Do not bring:
- Books or magazines
- Hygiene items
- Long sleeve shirts or thermal underwear
- Drugstore medications
- Writing tools (pens, pencils, paper)
Note that reading material is available at the library and basic hygiene items are provided. Additional items are available for purchase through commissary. Call the jail with any further questions about checking in.
10. Inmate Property Release
Excess property brought into the jail will be held until the inmate is released. To allow a family member or friend to pick up property at the jail, the inmate can fill out a release form specifying who can pick up which items. Property pick-up at the jail will require photo identification.
11. Criminal Defense Help
With the help of an experienced criminal attorney, you or your loved one may be able to avoid incarceration and a permanent criminal record. The Colorado Legal Defense Group is prepared to fight for your constitutional rights and rebut unjust allegations, with the goal of voiding or reducing the charges. Contact us for a free consultation and case assessment today. Please call (303) 222-0330 or contact us online to request a returned call.