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People incarcerated in a state correctional facility won’t be able to visit their families or friends in person for at least the next two weeks effective Tuesday, according to a announcement from the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Due to the “highly contagious nature” of the omicron variant, along with staff shortages arising from COVID-19 and virus positivity in facilities, the state corrections department announced in an update posted to their website that all in-person visitation had been canceled effective Jan. 4.
That decision, which department spokeswoman Annie Skinner said was made by department officials with input from local public health agencies, would be reevaluated in two weeks.
Visitation Hours & Rates
• $0.40 / minute
• Visits are limited to a maximum of 10 minutes per visit.
Other Important Details
All visits must be scheduled in advance.
Please check in 15 minutes before your scheduled visit.
All visitors who will appear on the video visit must be approved visitors on the inmate’s visiting list and visitors must be approved by facility to schedule visits.
Email address to register and schedule visits.
Valid Photo ID for registration and at check-in.
Visitation by family and friends is encouraged and can be a positive influence during an inmate’s time in prison, as well as after the inmate’s release. Regular visitation assists individuals re-entering the community by helping to preserve healthy relationships with family and friends. The Department strives to make these visits comfortable and pleasant. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the visiting rules and procedures for Colorado Department of Corrections prior to visiting.
Specific rules and useful information are outlined below in the “General Information and Approval Process” section. Information regarding where applications may be submitted as well as visiting hours and information regarding how to schedule visits may be found below in the “Facility Specific Visiting Information” section under the name of the facility you wish to visit.
The Colorado Department of Corrections is committed to ensuring equal access to and full participation in services and programs for qualified individuals with disabilities, including visitors. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is an important part of our culture and we are committed to provide reasonable accommodations when needed without causing undue hardship to the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Attorneys/Agents shall be permitted to visit their offender clients solely for the purpose of conducting legal business and not for the purpose of social visitation. Any visitor identified on an offenders visiting list must only be identified as having one relationship with the offender, i.e. friend, attorney, agent, etc. An attorney/agent may not switch from being an attorney/agent to an active visitor on an offenders visiting list.
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Investigators and paralegals for the Colorado State Public Defenders Office shall be allowed to visit an offender upon presentation of a state photo identification, if such investigator or paralegal is named on a current list of Public Defender employees periodically provided to the Department.
Scheduling Attorney Visitation:
- Routine attorney/agent visits with inmates will be allowed Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. provided the visits do not disrupt facility operations. Requests are to be submitted in to the facility litigation coordinator writing at least twenty-four (24) business hours in advance of the proposed visit by either mail or facsimile transmission. Unannounced, previously unapproved attorney visits will not be allowed.
- Written requests to visiting personnel or the litigation coordinator must be received at least 24 hours in advance via fax, mail, or email. Requests must be received Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Unannounced, previously unapproved attorney/agent visits will not be allowed.
- The requester will provide the full names and driver’s license numbers of each attorney/agent requesting entrance. Attorneys will provide their attorney registration number. All parties must clear a background check prior to facility entry.
- All agents of attorneys shall identify themselves by: providing a copy of their supervising attorney’s current Supreme Court Attorney Registration Card or providing their attorney registration number, along with a notarized letter signed by the supervising attorney on the attorney’s letterhead, specifically stating that the agent presenting the identification is representing the attorney in the case of the inmate(s) requested for visits.
- Special attorney visits with inmates may be facilitated outside the routine attorney visitation hours for emergent situations where there is no other reasonable alternative provided the arrangements do not disrupt facility operations. Emergency attorney visits may only be approved by the administrative head, or designee.
- Requests for emergent special attorney visits are required to be submitted in writing to the facility litigation coordinator twenty-four (24) business hours in advanced of the proposed visit by either mail or facsimile transmission. Special visits will be coordinated with the facility warden.
- Any special considerations requested by an attorney/agent will be immediately referred to the Administrative Head, or designee on duty, for decision.
- Attorneys/agents will be required to meet the standard dress code requirements.
Inmates assigned to maximum security status and other Inmates designated by the Administrative Head, may be approved for only non-contact visits.
Under special circumstances a non-contact visit may be approved to enable a visit by a visitor otherwise unapprovable for regular visits.
Non-contact visits may also be considered when the visitor cannot be cleared through search procedures because of metallic braces or medical inserts into the body.
Non-contact visits may be considered for Inmates being monitored for suicidal behavior.
Any Inmate approved for non-contact visits only may be allowed contact visits in a special room with an attorney and/or authorized agents of an attorney, if requested by the attorney and/or authorized agents of an attorney, with the Administrative Head’s approval.
Inmates assigned as medically limited or non-ambulatory within the DOC Infirmary will be permitted visits only if they have been in the Infirmary for one (1) month and can visit in the designated visiting area at specially designated times.
Inmates being housed in a community hospital or at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) for in-patient care may be permitted visits when prior approval is granted by the inmate’s doctor and the Administrative Head of the inmate’s permanently assigned correctional facility. Such approved visits shall be further governed by the relevant hospital procedures, the availability of security/supervising staff, the condition of the inmate, and the assigned security required by the individual case.
Inmates in medical facilities under medical emergency or terminal conditions are to be granted all reasonable consideration for visiting by immediate family members.
Inter-DOC Facility Visits: Inter-facility visits for immediate family member inmates will not take place.
Visitors’ Notice Under the Americans With Disabilities Act
In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), the Colorado Department of Corrections (hereafter referred to as “DOC”) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.
Requests for Accommodation: The DOC provides a method for visitors to request accommodations in accordance with the ADA. Administrative Regulation 100-42 governs the request process and contains the request form. Completed requests should be submitted to the facility/office ADA coordinator at the location where they are visiting.
Effective Communication: The DOC will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services for effective communication to qualified visitors so they can participate equally in DOC programs, services, and activities, including visitation amplification devices, accessible formatting of public materials, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.
Modifications to Policies and Procedures: The DOC will make all reasonable modifications to policies and procedures to ensure that visitors have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its services, programs, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in DOC facilities/offices, even where pets are generally prohibited.
A visitor who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the DOC, should contact the facility/office ADA coordinator as soon as possible but no later than seven business days before the scheduled visit.
Complaint Procedure: Complaints that a service, program, or activity of the DOC is not accessible to visitors, or if a visitor would like to appeal the denial of a request for accommodation, he/she shall follow the complaint procedure outlined in Administrative Regulation 100-42.
The ADA does not require the DOC to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its services, programs, and activities, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden. DOC will not place a surcharge on a particular individual or group of individuals to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.
Department of Corrections Non-Discrimination Statement
As required by the Americans with Disabilities/Rehabilitation Acts (ADA), no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation or be denied the benefits of the services, activities, or programs of the Department of Corrections or be subjected to discrimination.