Denver County Jail

When someone is being held in the custody of the Denver Sheriff there is often confusion over where the person is located.  Denver has two main facilities where inmates are housed.

Denver County Jail 


  • Located at 10500 East Smith Road
  • In general, the County Jail is used for the long term care and custody of prisoners and is the holding facility for convicted felons awaiting transfer to the Colorado Department of Corrections.  This also applies to those waiting to be relocated into halfway housing,  Community Corrections.

The Denver Detention Center (Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center)

  • Located at 490 W. Colfax Avenue
  • The Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center is mainly used for prisoner intake and processing until they are able to make bond, or have been given an advisement by the court.

The Denver Sheriff's Department has a website that can be useful in locating an inmate, but it is not always up to date.  If you have trouble finding someone, it is best to call the Detention Center Information Desk at 720-337-0400 or the Prisoner Information Line at 720-913-3600 and ask for help.

No matter where your friend or family member is located, our lawyers are ready to visit inmates at anytime.  The rules for attorney jail visits are different than that of the general public, so if someone you care about is being detained by the Denver Sheriff, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible, so they can be advised of very important rights.

Immediate Denver County Jail and Detention Center Lawyer Visits

The experienced attorneys at our office provides 24 hour, immediate jail visits to the Denver County Jail and the Detention Center. This is critical to your defense.

Why an Attorney Jail Visit is Important

Your friend or family member is cut off from communication with the outside world after they have been arrested. Police investigators in Denver take advantage of this vulnerability by interviewing your loved ones before they have spoken with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. A criminal defense attorney will advise them of the importance of remaining silent about their arrest and case, and often is the difference between a conviction and jail time and an acquittal or dismissal. When one of our lawyers meets with your loved one for a talk in jail, we will be able to let them know they are not alone, and give them a plan of action until they have been bonded out of the Denver County Jail. Don't let police investigators get to your loved ones before we do. We will fight hard to protect your loved one's future.

Bail and Bond:

When a bond is permitted, the Denver County Jail / Detention Facility permits bail / bonds to be posted in the form of:

  • Surety (surety bonds are used when the defendant or the person bonding the individual does not have enough of their own money to post the amount).
  • Cash bonds
  • Sometimes, with the approval of the court, a personal recognizance bond is permitted. Personal recognizance bonds are not given to inmates with prior criminal histories and usually require an appearance before the court. This appearance usually necessitates an overnight stay in jail to be seen by the court.

A fee between 10 to 15% of the bond amount is usually charged for the use the bonding agent's money.   Only cash bonds are returned to the person posting one, and only if the inmate appears at all court appearances.  Don't use a bondsman if you have the full cash bond.

Denver also charges a $30.00 processing fee for the privilege of being booked.  However, if the defendant is not convicted, the money will be refunded, but only if it is requested.

Inmate Account Funds for Purchases While in Jail

Inmate funds can be put on an inmate's books by internet or by calling 1-866-230-7761 and using a credit or debit card. Inmates can use the funds for making commissary purchases like food and personal care items. Be aware that the jail takes a percentage of the money to pay the inmate's booking fee and costs.  Also, if the inmate is in jail serving a sentence, some of that money can go to paying restitution or fines that have been assessed against the inmate.

Inmate Mail at the Detention Facility

Inmate mail should be addressed as follows:

Inmate: (enter name here, no alias or nicknames) and CD #
P.O. Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201

The CD number is an absolute necessity and mail will be returned without it.

  • Stationary, including paper and stamps can be sent to the inmate if it is sent directly from a stationary store, but is limited to once every thirty days.  There are limitations on specific kinds of stationary and you should call the jail to make sure items will not be returned.
  • It is important to keep in mind that the inmate's mail will be read before it is delivered.

Inmate Mail at the Denver Jail

Inmate mail should be addressed as follows:

Inmate: (enter name here, no alias or nicknames) and CD #
Denver County Jail
10500 E. Smith Road
Denver, CO 80239

Denver County Work Release Program

The Denver County Jail has a work release (also called Alternative Sentencing) program for approved offenders by the court.

  • Work release participants must pay a daily rate depending upon annual gross income, and adhere to the strict rules of the program.
  • It is important to understand that when work release is granted by the court, an inmate is considered incarcerated.  If an inmate does not return to the detention facility at their designated time, he or she may be considered as an escapee.
  • Participants in the Denver County Work Release program must have proof of employment, acceptable criminal history, and no outstanding warrants.
  • The jail decides whether to grant work release in the end, not the judge.

Inmate Telephone Calls

The Denver County Sheriff's Office uses a system called Global Tel Link for inmates to call collect, or use by using a prepaid account.  Friends and family members of inmates can go to, to learn more information or make deposits into inmates' accounts.  The cost for making calls varies depending on if the call is made within the 720/303 area codes, or if the call is within Colorado or outside of Colorado.  International calls are also possible at higher rates.

Inmate Visitation at the Denver Detention Center

Inmates at the detention facility are allowed non-contact visitation.  A request may be made online or through the detention center.  The detention center will permit “walk in” visits every day at:

  • 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 8:00 pm.

No visits are permitted until an inmate has been transferred to the 2nd floor Intake Housing

Inmate Visitation at the Denver Jail

Like the detention center, Denver County Jail visits are all done through video (non-contact).  Walk-in visits are not permitted and you must schedule an appointment.  You can go online to fill out the request form, or contact the jail directly.

Denver Jail Location and Hours:

10500 East Smith Road
Denver, CO 80239
Denver County Jail

To schedule a lawyer visit with your family member or friend in the Denver County Jail or Detention Facility today, call our criminal defense attorneys at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect their future.