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The Denver County Jail is the county jail facility for Denver County, Colorado.  The Denver County Sheriff, Patrick Firman, is responsible for running the Denver County Jail.  In Denver County, the Sheriff works with an advisory board, and was appointed to his position by Mayor Michael Hancock in October 2015.

The Sheriff’s Department oversees two jail facilities: the Denver County Jail and the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center.

The Denver County Jail offers services for the female population, has a work release program, works with alternative sentencing, and houses the central kitchen and bakery for both jails.  Inmate programs at the Denver County Jail include a GED program, RISE unit, mental health transition services, and religious services.

The Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center is the intake center for the Denver County Jail system.  In addition, it handles central property, central laundry, arraignment courts, and the infirmary for both jails.  The two jails work together, so information about the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center will be included, when necessary, in the Denver County Jail information.  However, they are separate facilities.  For additional information on the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, please visit that page.

The Denver County Jail uses the Direct Supervision Model.  Under the Direct Supervision Model, the staff interacts with inmates in the housing units and there are no barriers separating staff and inmates in the housing units.  The physical design of the jails supports this type of direct interaction.

Inmates at the jail are in several different security supervision levels: minimum, medium, and maximum.  To determine how an inmate should be classified, the Denver County Jail uses Objective Classification.  Objective Classification looks at several factors to determine an inmate’s appropriate security level including: severity of the current offense; history of incarceration; prior convictions; and institutional behaviors.

Denver County Jail Addresses:

Denver County Jail
10500 E. Smith Road
Denver, CO 80239

Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center (central intake and processing)
490 W. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address:

The Denver County Jail mailing address is:

Denver County Jail
P.O. Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201

Denver County Jail Phone Numbers:

There are a number of contact numbers for the Denver County Jail.  For 24/7 prisoner information, you can call 720-913-3600.  To plan a visit/ make reservations for a visit, you call 720-913-3791.  For information about bonding, you can contact the bonding office at 720-337-0061 or 720-337-0062.

Inmate Mailing Address:

To send inmate mail via the U.S. Postal Service, you send it to the following address:

Inmate Name and CD#
Denver County Jail
P.O. Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201

Inmates can receive mail from individuals.  This can include legal mail, personal letters, and photos.  Photos need to be no larger than 5x7 and cannot include sexually explicit or nude photos or gang-related photos.

Every 30 days, inmates can receive up to 25 white envelopes, 25 stamps, and two white or yellow legal pads.

In every six-month period, inmates can receive a combination of the following: 1 Bible or Koran or 5 religious pamphlets; and up to 12 colored pencils, no longer than 3 inches in length.

Once every 90 days, inmates can receive the following mailed directly from a stationery store like Office Depot or Office Max: 12 legal pads, 100 envelopes, 100 stamps.

Inmates can receive cashier’s checks, money orders, and payroll checks in the mail.  However, if mailing a check or money order for an inmate to deposit into an inmate account, it is important to note that non-postal money orders and payroll checks are both subject to a 14-day hold.

Inmates cannot get the following items in the mail: ink pens, spiral notebooks, personal stationery, plastic cards, laminated cards, stickers, tape, paste, any item with a glued surface, or any correspondence with any type of questionable substance or stain on the correspondence.

Inmates may receive books in the mail, but they must be shipped directly from the book store with a purchase receipt.  Inmates cannot receive more than five books and/or magazines at a time.

Inmates cannot receive any of the following types of correspondence, in any format, through the mail: any material that is deemed unacceptable for regular mailing with the U.S. Postal service; any materials appealing to a morbid interest; any materials that would be considered racist because of defaming, vilifying, or inciting hatred towards people of different races, religions, creeds, or national origins; materials advocating for the violent overthrow of the government or portraying the violent through of the government as commendable; materials depicting the use or manufacture of weapons including, but not limited to, firearms and explosives; and materials describing ways to defeat security systems, including lockpicking materials.

Denver County Inmate Search:

The Denver County Jail has an inmate search tool that allows you to search for inmates using several different types of keywords, including full or partial: last name, middle name, first name, booking number, gender, ethnicity, status, and CD Number.  You can search all facilities or narrow your search to a particular facility.

After locating an inmate, you can then select the inmate’s record.  The record provides a physical description including: height, weight, age, hair color, eye color, and race.  It also provides booking details, such as the booking date, booking number, cd#, offense code, and offense type.  If the inmate has been sent to court, the record also provides court information.  That information includes: case number, court date, court location, court room, court time, court status, bond information, and the holding agency.

Inmate Bookings/ Recent Arrests:

Denver County Jail does not have a designated page for looking for recent bookings or arrests, but you could use the inmate search tool to look for recently arrested inmates by looking for inmates by booking dates.  However, there may be a lag time between an arrest and an inmate showing up on the inmate lookup system.  After intake, prisoners are searched, photographed, and fingerprinted.  Inmate property is inventoried and inmates are subjected to mental and medical health screening.  Once fingerprints are taken, inmates are checked for additional warrants.  The result is that a booking can take between 2 and 6 hours.  Inmates with immigration issues are forwarded to ICE.

Denver County Jail Mugshots:

The Denver County Jail does not provide a mugshot-only roster of inmates for the public, nor does it routinely make mugshots available through its inmate search tool.

Denver County Jail Visitation:

Visits to all inmates in the Denver County Jail system must be made online or by phone at 720-913-3791.  Visits must be requested the week prior to the visit, and Denver County maintains a schedule of when requests must be made in order to be considered.

All visits are video visitation; there are no contact visits.

Once you have requested a visit, you will be contact either by email (for online requests) or by phone (for in person or phone requests) to let you know if your request has been approved.  This is not the same notification as the one you receive letting you know that your request was received.  If you do not receive a phone call or email confirmation, your visit has not been approved.

If you have not received a phone call or email confirmation, your visit has not been approved.  Some common reasons that visits are not approved include: missing information on the request; invalid dates; invalid times; the inmate is ineligible for visitation; the inmate’s visits are full; the session times are full; or the inmate has court or another appointment on the day the visit is requested.

For the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center and the Denver County Jail, visitors should arrive and check in thirty minutes prior to scheduled visit; for visitors to the Denver County Jail Community Corrections the check in time is 15 minutes prior to visitation.

All visitors must show a valid government-issued ID at the time of check-in.  This can include consulate IDs or passports for visitors from other countries.

Inmates at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center and the Denver County Main Jail are allowed two visits per week.  They can have 2 single visits or 1 family and 1 single visit.  Inmates cannot have their visits on both days.  However, Denver County Jail Community Correction/Work Release (Buildings 19 & 24) inmates are only allowed one visit per week.

Single visits are visits by 1 visitor.  A family visit is deemed as any visit with two (2) or more visitors. A maximum of three visitors are allowed (including infants and children).

Visitation hours for the Denver County Main Jail are Friday through Sunday, and are by building.  The schedule is:

Building 21 (except C, M & N), 22C and 22D 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm (on the hour)
Building 21 (C, M & N) 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm (on the half hour)
Building 22A 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (on the hour)
Building 22B 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (on the hour)
Building 4 (Adults) Friday – Sunday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm (on the hour)
Building 1 Friday – Sunday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm (on the hour)
Buildings 19 and 24 – Saturday or Sunday 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Visitation for the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center 2A, 2D, 2F, 3rd, 4th & 5th Floors are:
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, and 8:00pm.

Denver County Jail Inmate Phone Privileges:

Inmates can place outgoing calls, but cannot receive incoming calls.  If you have an emergency and you feel like the inmate needs to be contacted, you can contact the jail, but the jail will not take messages for inmates and generally will not relay information to inmates. 

Inmates may place outgoing calls, but to do so the recipient needs to establish an account with Securus Technologies. To setup a new account with Securus Technologies, please visit their website at or call 1-800-844-6591.

GTL was the Denver County Jail’s previous phone service provider, but payments that were made to GTL will not automatically be transferred to Securus Technologies.  Instead, users need to request a refund.  You can do so by calling877-650-4249, or going online to:

Denver County Jail Inmate Trust Accounts / Commissary:

Inmates at the Denver County Jail do have access to inmate accounts that they can use for commissary purchases.  Commissary purchases allow inmates to purchase items that are not provided by the jail.  The Denver County Jail is committed to providing items that an inmate needs for daily living, including clothing, toiletries, food, and hygiene items.  Commissary purchases may include other types of or additional sets of clothing, specific hygiene items that are not available for free from the jail, snack foods, writing materials, and other options.  Inmates can use funds from their inmate trust accounts, also known as commissary accounts, to purchase things that are not provided by the jail.

There are three ways to put money onto inmate accounts:

You can make a payment by cash or credit card at a kiosk located at the Downtown Detention Facility at 490 Colfax, Denver, Co.  To use this service, you must have the offender’s CD (Criminal Descriptor) Number.  You can find the CD number using the inmate lookup tool.

You can drop off postal money order payments at the information desk at each facility.  Money orders need to have the inmate’s name and CD number.

You can go online to Access Corrections.  You will need the inmate’s name and CD number.

You can also send money to inmates in the mail.  Inmates cannot receive cash in the mail, but can receive cashier’s checks, money orders, and payroll checks in the mail.  However, if mailing a check or money order for an inmate to deposit into an inmate account, it is important to note that non-postal money orders and payroll checks are both subject to a 14-day hold.

Send the money to:

Inmate Name and CD#
Denver County Jail
P.O. Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201

Denver County Jail permits withdrawals from inmate’s accounts as well as deposits.  The inmate must agree to the withdrawal and must have sufficient funds in his account.  In order to make a withdrawal request, the person making the request must show a valid government ID.

Denver County Bail Information:

In Denver County, Colorado, bonding is handled through the Denver County Courts, not the Denver County Jail.  There are two phone numbers for the bonding office: 720-337-0061 and 720-337-0062.  You can also visit the courts online at:

The inmate lookup tool provides bond information for individual inmates, including the bond type and amount, if a bond is allowed, as well as future court-date information for inmates.

Inmates cannot be bonded out until they are fully booked, which means that their fingerprints have to clear.  This process can take 2 to 6 hours from the time of detention.

Bonds are refundable if a person appears before the court, but they may be subject to a $50 refund fee.  In addition, the court may take outstanding fines and costs before refunding the bond.  If someone else posted bond for you, unless they gave permission for the bond to be used for fines and costs, the bond will be refunded to them.  If you use a Bail Bond Agent, the bond will not be used for fines, fees, or costs.

Most bonds are appearance bonds.  Appearance bonds are amounts of money held by the court in return for the defendant’s promise to appear in court.  The bond secures the inmate’s release from jail, pending the court date.  The person posting the bond is the surety.  Sureties can include the inmate, friends or family, and professional bond companies.  Bond amounts are usually determined by a bond schedule, but a person may need to appear in person before a judge or magistrate in order to have their bond set.  Denver County takes bond in several formats: cash, credit card, debit card, property bonds, personal recognizance bonds, and professional bonds.

If you need the services of a bondsman, you can find one in the Yellow Pages or online.  Neither the jail nor the county will recommend any particular bondsman or bond company.


The Denver County Jail is the county jail for Denver County, Colorado and is the generic name for two jail facilities.  The main jail is the Denver County Jail.  The downtown jail is the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center.  The Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center handles intake for the entire Denver County Jail system.

Denver County Jail Data & Statistics:

Year Prison Last Renovated 2005
Average Daily Population 2420
Total Confined 2417
Total Confined Males Aged 18+ 1834
Total Confined Females Aged 18+ 296
Full-Time Prison Employees 861
Total Salaries for Full/Part Time Employees $56,790,977.00
Total Reported Assaults on Staff 1
Number of Inmates in Education Programs 90
*statistical information was retrieved from latest available copy of prison data provided by census bureau

Year Built or Opened: 1956 Warden or Supervisor: Sheriff Patrick Firman Daily Inmate Count: 2469 Total Capacity: 1710 Security Level(s): medium - maximum

PO Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201

Phone Number(s): 720-913-3600 720-913-3791
Fax Number: 720-913-3749
Email Address: [email protected] [email protected]

10500 East Smith Road
Denver, CO 80239

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