Operations Division

General Information

The Detention Operations Division is responsible for operating two sections; Intake and Inmate Services as well as Court Services.

The mission of the Intake and Inmate Services Section is to ensure responsibilities are accomplished in accordance with accepted professional standards as prescribed in Colorado Revised Statue (C.R.S.) 17-26-103. In addition, the Section maintains required records and ensures accountability and security of inmate funds and property. During an inmate’s stay, all of the inmate’s records are maintained by this Section to include court updates, new charges, bond charges, work release fees, pre-trial services and any holds generated by other agencies.

The Inmate Services Unit is responsible for assigning a security classification to each inmate after being booked into the Criminal Justice Center (CJC). CJC contains several types of wards or cells. The Classification Unit considers various factors and safety of the inmate when determining an inmate's classification and placement; however, an inmate's classification can be changed even after being admitted. The Classification Unit is also responsible for the placement of inmates into the various internal programs such as the Trusty Program, the Reintegration Program and the Progressive and Regressive Housing Program.

Located in the Terry Harris Judicial Complex (courthouse), the Court Services Section is divided into two units; the Court Unit and the Transport Unit. The Court Unit is responsible for ensuring public safety as well as inmate safety while escorting inmates to the many courtrooms and providing security therein. Juveniles are also transported and escorted from the Spring Creek Detention Center to the appropriate courts. Additionally, this Unit is responsible for making arrests and processing any individuals remanded into the custody of the Sheriff from the court. In a timely, safe and secure manner, the Transport Unit moves inmates between the CJC and the courthouse. This Unit is additionally responsible for the transport of inmates throughout the State of Colorado to include the Department of Corrections and the many counties and cities in Colorado. Any local medical appointments or transports to the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo are also accomplished by this Unit.

Located in the El Paso County courthouse the Court Services Section is part of the Detention Operations Division and is divided into the Court Unit and the Transport Unit. This section is responsible for ensuring the public’s safety by providing security in 44 court rooms, moving inmates to and from court in a safe, secure, and timely manner and arresting and processing remands in accordance with prescribed directives and applicable laws. Further, to provide safe and secure vehicular transportation for inmates to and from court, between local detention facilities, State Hospital, Department of Corrections facilities and other law enforcement jurisdictions throughout the state and as directed by the courts.

Since the 1990’s, the Criminal Justice System has faced many difficult situations: Citizens are demanding longer sentences and a harder stance on crime, while challenging the costs of incarceration, public safety and quality of life in our communities.  This leaves us in a precarious situation; the courts, both locally and nationally, are forced to try to balance the excessive costs of incarceration with the safety of the community. Longer sentences, recidivism and higher demands placed on our judicial system have kept facilities overcrowded and pondering the question, “How do we fix this?”   It is with this dilemma, that the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has fuelled two pioneering, prolific programs to reduce our jail population, criminal recidivism and prepare offenders to reintegrate into the community as a productive member of our society.

Inmate Classification is responsible for assigning a security classification to each inmate after being booked into the Criminal Justice Center (CJC) as it contains several types of wards or cells. The Classification Unit considers various factors when determining an inmate's classification and placement; however, an inmate's classification can be changed even after being admitted.

The Classification Unit is responsible for the placement of inmates into the various internal programs such as the Trusty Program, the Volunteer Program, the Reintegration Program and the Progressive and Regressive Housing Program.

Cash, Cashier’s Checks, Official Checks, or Money Orders can be accepted 24/7 at the main transaction window located in the lobby of the Criminal Justice Center (CJC). No personal checks will be accepted and no change is available to be given.  You may also send money by Western Union.

There are many reasons why we are strict in what is and is not allowed, and there are many policy and procedures that govern the way we process all incoming mail. There is no way to cover all possible situations, but listed below you will find basic rules, that if followed, will aid your mail communication into this facility.

There are times when we have inmates with similar names; this is why you need to use the inmate’s full booking name and Admit Number (Not DOC Number) in the mailing address of all correspondence, money orders, and certified/cashier checks (no nick names, abbreviations, or initials). This includes any books or magazine orders that are sent in by the publisher or on line distributor. If you need the inmate’s Admit Number/Booking Number you can call or research the information on the website.

Inmate Programs operate within the Support Division of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Detention Bureau.

A portion of the Inmate Programs section is responsible for providing educational, religious and therapy oriented programs to the inmate population. Attendance in programs is voluntary and available to most inmates upon written request at no charge.  The Criminal Justice Center (CJC) provides a multitude of programs to incarcerated inmates in an ongoing effort to give them the opportunity to earn an education and resolve personal growth issues.  Below are just a few of the programs that are offered to our General Population inmates.

All inmate property is inventoried during pre-admit processing, booking, then re-inventoried by Property Technicians who control and account for inmate property.

No property is accepted for an inmate once they are formally booked into the Criminal Justice Center (CJC) with the following exceptions: prescription glasses, certain pre-approved prescription medications which must be verified and accepted by CJC medical staff, clothes for jury trials, State Identification, Passports, vehicle and house keys.

Upon completion of a Personal Property Release form, an inmate can release property to a specific, identified person. The person receiving this property must have a valid picture identification card and present it prior to any property being released to them.

Property can be picked up 24 hours a day at the transaction window in the lobby of CJC.

To ensure all Intake and Release responsibilities are accomplished in accordance with accepted professional standards and as prescribed in Colorado Revised Statue (C.R.S.) 17-26-103. In addition, Intake and Release maintains required records, ensures accountability and security of inmate funds and their personal property.

Since the 1990’s, the Criminal Justice System has faced many difficult situations: Citizens are demanding longer sentences and a harder stance on crime, while challenging the costs of incarceration, public safety and quality of life in our communities.  This leaves us in a precarious situation; the courts, both locally and nationally, are forced to try to balance the excessive costs of incarceration with the safety of the community. Longer sentences, recidivism and higher demands placed on our judicial system have kept facilities overcrowded and pondering the question, “How do we fix this?”   It is with this dilemma, that the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has fuelled two pioneering, prolific programs to reduce our jail population, criminal recidivism and prepare offenders to reintegrate into the community as a productive member of our society.

The responsibilities of the team cover a large gambit of duties, which have expanded since the original implementation of the team. Some of these include: Forced Cell Extractions, Open Area Containment, Riot Control, Mental Health Pick Ups, High Risk Extraditions and Transports, High Risk Jury Trials and Site Visits, and supplemental duties to the SWAT Team.