Jefferson County Jail

The Jefferson County Jail is located in Golden, Colorado. It is operated by the Detention Services Division of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and houses up to 1,300 adult men and women who have been arrested by local law enforcement. 

This facility features minimum, medium, and maximum-security units and special housing areas. It contains recreation yards, an online law library, and program rooms to support activities for personal development.

Minimum-security inmates are kept in dormitory-style housing, and are free to move about within the unit and participate in activities. 

Each two-story quadrant in the minimum-security area includes sleeping rooms, exercise area, token-operated laundry, and multi-purpose rooms for meetings and recreation.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in the Jefferson County Jail, click here, call the facility at 303-271-5444, or use VINE. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth.

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.

Inmate Property

When inmates are booked into the Jefferson County Jail, clothing and other personal items are inventoried and placed in storage. 

One pair of reading glasses, one pair of eyeglasses or contacts, and unopened medications or prosthesis are accepted through the lobby during normal business hours. Medications are also accepted, with review from the nurse.

Bonding an Inmate out of the Jefferson County Jail

Call the jail to find out the type of bond required for your inmate. The bond is set by a judge according to a court-approved schedule. The purpose is to make sure the defendant will appear at all his or her court dates. The amount of the bond 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). 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, check (made payable to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office), or money order. They can be paid online or at the Jefferson County Jail. The full amount of a cash bond is returned once all court appearances have been made.

Bond services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There is a $30 booking fee and a $10 bond fee for all inmates at the Jefferson County Jail. 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.

Please call the jail if you have any questions or concerns.

Paying A Bond with A Credit Card

Credit cards may be used to pay for a bail bond any of the following ways (when asked for the Site ID use 280401):

When using a credit or debit card, the charge will appear on your statement as INMATE PAYMENT.

Inmate Release

Inmates are released around the clock from the jail. To determine the release date of an inmate, you may call 303-271-5444, or visit the Inmate Lookup tool. Upon release, inmates are offered one local phone call free of charge.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The Jefferson County Jail offers both on-site and remote visitation. 

On-Site Visitation

On-site visits are allowed daily between:

  • 9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • 1:10 to 4:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Each inmate is allowed one, two, or three 20 minute on-site visits per week, depending on the inmate's housing unit. The visiting week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday. Visits start at the scheduled time and end 20 minutes later. If you are late, the visit is shorter. 

When you schedule an on-site visit, you must travel to the jail and conduct the visit from a video visitation terminal. All on-site visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. Visits can be scheduled by:

  • Using a video terminal in the Detention Services Division's visitation area (200 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, Colorado). Jail lobby and visitor's parking is located in the upper SW parking lot off Jefferson County Parkway and Weimer Street.
  • Visit the Securus website and click on “Schedule an On-Site Visitation”— at the bottom of the page.

You must arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the visit to check-in with the receptionist or deputy. All visitors over 18 must have a current photo ID. Wear appropriate clothing, or you will be asked to reschedule. Be respectful of others and use clean language and inside voices.

  • Shirts and shoes are required.
  • No clothing is allowed that may represent any specific club or organization known to be involved in criminal activity.
  • No form fitting, suggestive, or revealing clothing will be permitted.
  • Clothing must cover the shoulders and be no shorter than mid-thigh on the leg.

No gifts or items may be exchanged during visitation. No food or drink is allowed in the visiting room.

If a visitor abuses visiting privileges, displays any misconduct, or becomes a threat to safety and security, the visit will be immediately terminated and the inmate may lose visitation privilege through disciplinary action.

Remote Visitation

Friends and family can schedule unlimited visits with an inmate remotely or by video visitation. Remote visitation hours are daily between 8:10 to 10:30 a.m., 1 to 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The visiting week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday.

You can participate in remote visitation by using a computer, webcam, and high-speed internet access. Charges do apply. 

To visit remotely you must do the following:

  • Create a visitation account at the Securus Tech website
  • Request access to visit
  • Once approved to be a remote visitor, you can schedule remote visits
  • You will be required to pay for your visitation session at the time you schedule the session

Physical Address

Jefferson County Jail
200 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80401

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

Main Line: 303-271-5444
Records Unit: 303-271-5542
Warrants Unit: 303-271-6475

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate's Full Name and JCID Number
Jefferson County Jail
P.O. Box 16700
Golden, CO 80402-6700

All incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband and incoming funds. Please note that when an inmate has been released or transferred, further incoming mail is not forwarded. Instead, it is returned to the sender.

The jail does allow paperback books to be sent to inmates directly from a publisher, or a company like Amazon.

Mail Restrictions

There are size and content restrictions on incoming inmate mail. If any item is denied it is returned to the sender. Restricted materials include:

  • Plans for the introduction of contraband
  • Plans for criminal activity
  • Threats of extortion
  • Instruction for the manufacture of weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, explosives, or alcohol beverages
  • Plans for escape or unauthorized entry
  • Codes not understood by the scanner, to include gang graffiti or "tagging"
  • Plans for activities in violation of facility rules
  • Information that could create serious danger of violence and/or harm to any person
  • Mail that contains potentially infectious and/or offensive materials (body fluids, etc.)
  • Material that promotes racial conflict or discrimination
  • Materials that may disrupt the operation and / or safety and security of the facility
  • Illegal gang materials
  • Envelopes larger than legal size 8 by 14 inches
  • Stickers, stamps, envelopes, blank paper, laminated plastic, newspaper / magazine clippings, musical cards, cards larger than 8 by 11 inches
  • Sexually explicit photos
  • An excess of three pictures, or photos larger than 4 by 6 inches
  • Polaroid pictures
  • Personal checks, credit cards or money orders not procured through U.S. or International Postal services
  • Any book or magazine


Family and friends can use the Securus mobile app or the Securus Website to send messages to their inmate at the Jefferson County Jail.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Jefferson County Jail 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.

During the booking and classification process, inmates are usually allowed to place a free call to procure their bond or for verified family emergencies. After this initial call, staff will not provide telephone assistance to an inmate except in emergency situations. 

All other calls to contact family, friends, employers, attorneys, etc., must be made on the collect call telephones.

How to Send Money

PLEASE NOTE: Funds applied to an inmate's account can be used for medical co-pays, booking fees, garnishments, and commissary items. The money is applied to any outstanding fees before commissary items may be purchased.

There are several ways to get money to an inmate at the Jefferson County Jail. Be prepared with either the inmate's jail identification number or full name and date of birth.


TouchPayDirect is the jail's approved online vendor. The site ID is 280401. 


Call 866-232-1899 and pay with your credit or debit card. The site ID is 280401.

In Person

Visit the jail at 200 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden and use cash or credit card at the lobby kiosk to add money to an inmate's account. You may also bring a U.S. Postal Service money order, or certified check and give it to the on-duty lobby staff.


U.S. Postal, or International Postal money orders or certified checks may be mailed to inmates using this address:

Inmate's Full Name
P.O. Box 16700
Golden, CO 80402-6700

Programs For Inmates


Education staff at the Jefferson County Jail help inmates work toward achieving their General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Inmates can test for and receive their GED while incarcerated. Inmates are also offered vocational assessment and work skills training on computer software. 


Recreation staff supervises and develops programming for all inmate recreation activities, including physical activities. Inmates have access to exercise opportunities and equipment at least one hour per day.

Inmate Work/Work Release

Some inmates are allowed to work inside the jail and around the county government campus in exchange for "good time" credit (time off their sentences). They perform duties like cleaning and laundry. 

The outdoor work crews take care of landscaping and other maintenance on the government campus. They may also work in the rose garden or on the "road crew," removing litter from roadsides in Jefferson County.

The work/education release program allows sentenced individuals who meet specific criteria to serve time while maintaining employment or attending school in the community.

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Careers at Jefferson County Jail

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