Bail Bonding Information
The Denver County bail bonding process is similar to that of the Broomfield Detention Center and Adams County Facility. When securing the release of an inmate from the Denver County facilities, which include the Smith Road Facility and the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, certain steps need to be followed.
The Denver County Sheriff’s Department operates two detention facilities: the Smith Road Facility, where most sentenced offenders are held after they have been convicted, and the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, where most pre-trial or non-convicted detainees are held until their bond is posted or they have gone to trial.
The Bond Desk at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center is where the bondsman will need to go in order to post bail. The Bond Desk closes at 10:00 PM, so it is recommended that all paperwork be in order and the bondsman be at the facility by 9:00 PM. Even if the bond is posted timely, there may be some wait time in order to get your loved one released.
Every person arrested in Denver County is charged a non-refundable $50 bond fee that must be paid at the time an “appearance bond” is posted. Individuals who are not in jail but do have an active Denver County Court warrant for their arrest may be eligible for a ‘walk-through’ bond.
To determine an inmate’s bond type and amount, you can visit the Inmate Lookup page. For visitation to any inmates at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center or the Denver County Jail, you are only able to visit in person. You are also required to schedule your visitation in advance.
Please note that processing times may vary and it’s always best to contact the facility directly for the most accurate information.
The Denver jail system includes two facilities to house male and female offenders awaiting trial or sentencing for up to two years. While the two jails work together, they are separate facilities.
Denver County Jail
The Denver County Jail - located at 10500 East Smith Road - is an integral part of the local justice system, providing a secure environment for individuals during their transitional phase. The sprawling building has more than 395,000 square feet, housing a maximum of 1,291 inmates.
The Denver County Jail offers a range of services and programs to support inmates. These include a GED program, RISE unit, mental health transition services, and religious services. This facility also houses the central kitchen and bakery, which serve both Denver County jails.
Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center
The Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center - located at 490 W. Colfax Avenue - is a medium-security detention center that opened in 2010, housing up to 1,500 inmates at any given time. The Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center serves as the intake center for the Denver County Jail system and also handles central property, central laundry, arraignment courts, and the infirmary for both jails.
Both facilities in the Denver County Jail System give friends and family the opportunity to correspond with inmates by mail. Inmates can receive an unrestricted amount of mail, which may include magazine subscriptions and photographs. Inmates are also allowed to receive paperback books by mail, which must be shipped directly from a bookstore or publisher. Please refrain from sending stationery, hardcover books, or religious items, as these are not allowed to be given to individuals in either jail in Denver County.
All mail addressed to the Downtown Detention Center or the County Jail will be returned to the sender. Instead, address all mail for inmates in the Denver County Jail or the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center to the following address:
[Inmate’s name], CD #
Denver Sheriff Department
P.O. Box 1108
Denver, CO 80201
Where to provide payments - You can provide payments for bond and commissary accounts by bringing cash or a US Postal Money Order to the jail in person. If you can't visit your loved one in person, a US Postal Money Order can be mailed to the Denver County Jail. Money orders should be made out to the inmate and include their CD# in the memo section.
Phone accounts - To set up an inmate phone account, you need to enroll in an account with Securus Technologies. You can choose one of three account types: Securus Debit, Advance Connect, or Direct Bill. Then, choose Denver County Jail and connect with your inmate.
Commissary accounts - The maximum weekly expenditure for inmates is $100.00. Whatever cash the inmate has on their person when booked into the facility will automatically be deposited and credited to their commissary account. When released, any money left in the account will be returned to them in the form of a check from the Sheriff’s Department or the Denver County Jail Trust Account. There may be circumstances where the inmate can give permission to have his money released to a family member or friend. You can also deposit money into an inmate’s commissary account using Access Corrections Secure Deposits (also known as ‘Smart Deposit’). Access Corrections self-serve kiosks are located in the lobby of the Denver County Jail, which accept payments made with cash, debit or credit cards.
Denver County inmates can receive visits either on-site or remotely. On-site visits are conducted through a glass partition, while remote visits are conducted through video conferencing. Inmates are allowed two visits per week - either two seperate individual visits, or one family visit and one individual visit. Inmates are not allowed to have both visits on the same day. The length of each visit is determined by the housing unit, and may last for up to thirty minutes each.
If you need to cancel a visit, you must do so at least twenty-four hours in advance. Anyone who fails to cancel a visit within this time frame will be prohibited from scheduling future visits for a period of thirty days.
To set up a remote visit, you must first enroll in an a Securus Technologies account. You can choose one of three account types: Securus Debit, Advance Connect, or Direct Bill. Then, choose Denver County Jail and connect with your inmate.
On-site visitors must provide a current, valid ID at the time of check-in. Visitation rules must be followed at all times for both on-site and remote visits.
For a full overview of the rules and requirements for visiting inmates in the Denver County jail system, review the information provided by the Denver County Sherriff Department.