Chaffee County Detention Center

The Chaffee County Detention Center is located in Salida, Colorado. It is operated by the Chaffee County Sheriff's Department and houses adult men and women who have been arrested by local county or municipal law enforcement. The maximum capacity of this jail is 105 inmates.

The Chaffee County Detention Center houses adult men and women who are arrested on misdemeanor and felony charges by all law enforcement agencies in the county. The inmates are pre-trial and/or sentenced to the jail or Department of Corrections. 

In addition to housing local offenders, the center also houses inmates from several out-of-county facilities as well as Department of Correction (DOC) bound inmates from various counties who are awaiting processing at the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center (DRDC).

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in Chaffee County, call the jail at 719-539-2596, or use VINE. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth when using the VINE website.

Colorado VINE

The Colorado VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can search for information regarding the custody status of their offender, and to register to receive phone calls and e-mail notifications when the offender’s custody status changes. 

The VINE toll-free number for the Colorado VINE system is (888) 263-8463. This service is provided to assist Victims of Crime who have a right to know about their offender's custody status. Click this link to register.

Inmates being held for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC), or charges from other counties will not be found by going to the VINE Link above. You will have to call the jail.

Bonding an Inmate out of the Chaffee Detention Center

You can call the Chaffee Detention Center to find out the type of bond and the amount that is required for your inmate. The bond is set by a judge according to a court-approved schedule. The purpose of a bond is to make sure the defendant will appear at all his or her court dates. The bond amount is what it will take to release the inmate from jail. 

There are three types of bonds—personal recognizance (PR), surety, and cash. 

  • PR bonds are issued by the judge and only require a signature (no money is needed). 
  • Surety bonds require a bondsman, who will pay the bond and charge you 10% to 15% of the bond amount as a fee (none of this money will be returned to you). 
  • Cash bonds must be paid in full with cash, debit/credit card, or money order. Payment is accepted at the jail lobby 24/7 or online by clicking here. The full amount of a cash bond is returned once all court appearances have been made.

There is a $30 booking fee and a $10 bond fee for all inmates at the Chaffee County Detention Center. The expectation is that these fees will be paid at the time of bonding your inmate out of jail. Colorado law does allow those fees to be charged, and you do not have to pay them at the time of bonding.

Paying Inmate Debt

Within thirty days of an inmate's release, their debt can be paid on-site at the jail via any Deputy. Inmate debt beyond thirty days must be paid via Pay My Jailer at 866-494-8556 or online at

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visits at the Chaffee County Detention Center are conducted by video, both on-site at the jail, or remotely from home. Video visitation at the jail is free, while remote video visits do have a fee.

Appropriate attire and conduct is required during both on-site and remote visits.  Visits can be canceled at any time for a variety of reasons.  Please check your inmate's visitation status prior to arriving at the facility. Visits can only be set up online at:

Any issues with video visitation need to be addressed with Securus via their website or by calling 972-734-1111. Do not call the jail.

On-site visits require a PIN number that you will receive when you schedule your appointment. If you do not have the assigned PIN number when you come on-sight for your appointment, you forfeit your visit. Be sure to bring a VALID photo ID to your visit.  No photocopies or expired documents will be accepted.

Physical Address

Chaffee County Detention Center
148 Crestone Ave.
Salida, CO 81201

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Chaffee County Detention Center
Attn: Inmate Name
PO BOX 699
Salida, CO 81201

The jail accepts small packages from online distributors that contain the following:

  • White undergarments still in their packaging. Must be cotton. No muscle shirts, buckles, clips, etc.
  • Paperback books

Inmates are limited when it comes to items in their possession. They are allowed to have

  • Three each of white t-shirts, underwear, socks
  • One thermal top, one thermal bottom
  • Three paperback books (must be purchased online and shipped directly to the facility in the inmate’s name)

All books and whites are considered donations to the jail. They will be given to the intended inmate, but are considered detention center property from the moment they enter the facility. 

Only items purchased from the commissary are inmate property and will be released with the inmate.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Chaffee County Detention Center cannot receive incoming phone calls, however, they have access to phones and can make outgoing calls from the inmate housing area. Phone calls are recorded and may be monitored at any time.

Any issues with inmate phone time need to be addressed with Securus via their website or by calling 972-734-1111. 


Via the Securus App or the Securus website, you can sign up to connect to your inmate with digital mail and photos via eMessaging.

How to Send Money

To send money to your inmate at the Chaffee County Detention Center using a debit or credit card, visit or call 1-866-345-1884. Money can also be added to an inmate account via the lobby kiosk or online at

Commissary gift packs can be purchased for inmates online at:

Please note that any inmate who owes a debt to the jail or the courts must pay that debt with the money on their books before they will be allowed to buy commissary. 

Any inmate who attempts to circumvent the commissary system in order to avoid paying down their inmate debt will be subject to disciplinary action for all inmates involved.  It is not permitted to “put money” on anyone else’s “books” to receive commissary or care packs.

Programs For Inmates

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Careers at Chaffee County Detention Center

If you are interested in a career with the Chaffee County Sheriff's Department and would like more information about the job openings at the Chaffee County Detention Center, click here.

Detention Deputies are required to be at least 18 years of age.  Duties include supervision and care of inmates as well as case management.  No experience is necessary, and the starting salary is $48,536 annually with full benefits.

Benefits include paid vacations and holidays, sick leave and personal leave, health insurance, retirement, and disability insurance.