Colorado has an inmate population of 14,129 housed in 64 jails and employs an estimated detention staff of 4,200. The state has an incarcertation rate of 263 inmates per 100,000 citizens. There are 4 mens facilities, 1 womens facilities, and 57 all gender facilities in Colorado. The staff to inmate ratio in Colorado is 3.4. The state has 48 probation, 52 prerelease, 10 youth, and 6 drug facilities. Of the states 14,129 inmates 1,210 are housed in small facilities (less than 100), 2,573 are housed in facilities holding 100-499 inmates, 1,864 are housed in facilities holding 500-999 inmates, and 8,482 inmates are incarcerated in facilities that can hold 1,000 or more inmates. If you are looking for Colorado bail bondsman who service bail bonds in Colorado browse to the jail where you need to post bail and fill out the bail bondsman form on that jails page.
10. Aurora Jail (210 inmates)
The Aurora Jail is a privately contracted detention center located in Arapahoe County Colorado. The facility has been open since 1995 and is currently managed by Warden J. Alexander. This is a relatively small facility with the capacity to hold 210 inmates and a population that fluctuates on a daily basis. The warden has a large and skilled staff that includes, deputies, security staff, medical professionals, mental health experts, and drug counselors. The Aurora Jail is a short-term detention center with no facilities that provide long term incarceration.
9. Douglas County Jail (349 inmates)
The Douglas County Jail is a relatively new facility that first opened in 1998. This state of the art detention facility was initially designed with 192 cells, capable of holding 284 inmates. The size of the jail has increased dramatically over the years, with an average of 104 daily inmates in 1998 to the current average of 349 inmates per day. Douglas County Jail is operated by a staff of 150 full time employees made up of sheriff’s deputies and civilian workers. The jail is managed by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, which is committed to providing a safe, secure and humane environment for the incarceration of inmates.
8. Metro Detention in Colorado Springs – El Palso County (350 inmates)
The Metro Detention Facility is the downtown holding facility for El Paso County in Colorado. The jail is located in Colorado Springs, adjacent to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and Courthouse. The original housing section was built in the fall of 1973. This is a temporary detention center for inmates that are waiting for arraignment, trial or transfer to the state prison, as well as work release inmates. The facility is directly supervised by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau, lead by the Bureau Chief Paula Presley. The Metro Detention Facility initially had the capacity to house 300 inmates but due to overcrowding at other prisons it has been expanded to hold 350. The jail currently operates at a daily average of 90 to 100 percent capacity. The goal of the Metro jail staff is to provide a safe environment for inmates with opportunities and programs from personal growth.
7. Larimer County Jail (557 inmates)
The Larimer County Detention Center was opened in 1983 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Initially the facility had capacity for 152 jail beds but there has been two expansions since the opening. There is currently a capacity for 557 secure jail beds and an average daily inmate population of 570. The facility is under the direct supervision of the Larimer County Sheriff Department. This is the only jail within Larimer County and it serves the cities of Fort Collins, Berthoud, Loveland, Windsor, Estes Park, and Colorado State University. Despite the large population, Larimer County still has the lowest incarceration rate in Colorado. They have recently established new policies and procedures aimed at lowering the incarceration rate in the county even further.
6. Boulder County Jail (736 inmates)
The Boulder County Jail was opened in 1988 in Boulder Colorado. The facility is currently under the management of Sheriff Joe Pelle, and a staff made up of four commanders, twelve sergeants, and over a hundred civilian medical and health workers. This jail houses inmates from every security level from minimum to maximum security. When the jail was opened in the 80′s it had the capacity for 287 bunks. Recently it has been remodeled to accommodate a bed capacity of 536. The jail currently has an inmate population of 736, which is common for this crowded prison. This growth was expected so Boulder County Jail was designed to be expandable. Since it’s opening in1988 the jail capacity has been increased 6 times.
5. Adams County Jail (960 inmates)
The Adams County Jail was built in 1985 for the detention and rehabilitation of prisoners in Adams County, Colorado. The jail is overseen by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, who is responsible for providing a safe and humane facility for the incarceration of inmates. The jail was initially designed to house 480 prisoners, but soon after opening it was remodeled to hold 960 inmates. As the needs of the county grew an addition was added to the jail which added another 768 spaces for prisoners. This brought the capacity of the jail up to a total of 1,728, with a daily population averaging around 1,450. The Adams County Jail is managed by Captain Kurt M. Ester of the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.
4. Arapahoe County Jail (1,227 inmates)
The Arapahoe County Jail (Sullivan Detention Center) is located just outside of Denver in the town of Englewood, Colorado. The detention facility first opened its doors in 1987 and is overseen by the sheriff of Arapahoe County, Sheriff J. Grayson Robinson. The Arapahoe County jail is a 299,241 square foot facility with a maximum capacity of 1,192 inmates. As of 2009 the jail had an average inmate population of 1,227 inmates. Operating at maximum capacity requires a lot of staff and the jail employs over 250 deputy sheriffs, plus an additional 145 civilian personnel. In 2002 the county voted to have the name changed from the Arapahoe County Jailto the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility, to honor the legacy of the former sheriff.
3. Jefferson County Jail (1,470 inmates)
The Jefferson County Jail in Golden, Colorado initially opened in 1986. As the population grew an expansion was deemed necessary by the county and a new jail expansion opened in 2000. After the expansion the jail had an average daily population of 768 inmates per day. However, by 2005 the average daily population had almost doubled to 1,470 inmates. The population still remains at near or slightly above maximum capacity today. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is responsible of all aspects of the jail including housing, booking, inmate classification, security, transportation and medical services. The mission statement of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is to respond to community needs, maintain a safe and secure facility and provide programs for inmate stability and education.
2. El Paso Criminal Justice Center (1,500 inmates)
The Criminal Justice Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado is managed by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. The Security Division of the department is responsible for the direct supervision of a daily inmate population estimated at 1,500. There are 23 wards at the Justice Center that house men and women with various security levels. Each of the wards can house between 27 and 94 inmates with a ratio of one deputy to every 65 inmates. The Criminal Justice Center is a self sufficient facility that provides all of the food, laundry, and medical services offered on site. The large population, staff, and comprehensive services have caused many to refer to the jail as the Small City.
1. Denver County Jail (1,778 inmates)
The Denver County Jail in Denver, Colorado first opened its doors in 1956. It has since been expanded several times to accommodate a growing Denver population. It is now the largest single county jail in Colorado with the capacity to hold 1,778 inmates, and a daily population that is often higher than that. The Denver Sheriff’s Department is responsible for the custody, care and transport of inmates incarcerated in the county. The Denver County Jail functions as a long term prison and a holding cell for convicted felons waiting to be transferred to the Colorado Department of Corrections. The Denver County Jail Division is overseen by Division Chief Elias Diggins.
Source: Inmate populations have been compiled directly from the local governments listed here. For a complete list of jails in Colorado click here.