Mesa County Jail

The Mesa County Detention Facility is located in Grand Junction, Colorado. This facility is operated by the Mesa County Sheriff's Department, and houses adult men and women who have been arrested by local county or municipal law enforcement. 

Facility History

The first Mesa County Jail dates back to 1882, when it was a city-run one-room jail located between Main Street and Colorado Avenue on the east side of 3rd street. In 1883, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office was founded, and a county jail was constructed on White Avenue, between 7th and 8th streets. 

To this day, the original bars of one of those jail cells can be seen in the lobby of the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Throughout the decades, several jails have been built in Mesa County to add needed space and use advancing technology. 

The current Mesa County Detention Facility was completed in June of 1992, with a capacity of 192 beds. It’s located at 215 Rice Street in the same building as the administration offices for the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

The state-of-the-art direct supervision facility provides housing, food service, and 24-hour medical care to inmates. It has no traditional jail bars, and instead uses over 600 automated reinforced doors. 

Using a televised video system, first-time court appearances are conducted from inside the facility. For other court proceedings, inmates are escorted between the facility and the Mesa County Justice Center via a secure internal passageway.

The Mesa County Detention Facility has expanded several times.  In 1996, two 8,000 square foot “pods” were added with more beds, bringing the total number of beds in the facility to 336. 

In 2007 and 2008, 54 beds were added to the two newest housing units. 

In 2009, the inmate intake areas— aka "booking" —was remodeled to expand capacity. When they are first arrested, inmates are housed in the booking area until they are assigned to permanent housing in the general population. Oftentimes, inmates bond out before they are moved.

In 2016, the gym was remodeled into the Maple Housing Unit, a dormitory-style unit that added 48 beds. More bunks were added in the following years. But when COVID hit in 2020, the Maple pod was closed. 

Mesa County Detention Facility currently has 553 beds, plus the booking area. Male and female inmates are housed separately as are different classes of inmates.

Currently, about 80 percent of the inmates housed in the facility are pre-trial, which means they are still awaiting trial and are presumed innocent until convicted of the crime(s) in which they are accused.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility, click here for inmate lookup, call the facility at (970) 244-3930, 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.

Bonding an Inmate out of the Mesa County Detention Facility

Call the jail 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 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 percent 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 online or at the jail lobby. 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 Mesa County Detention Facility. The expectation is that these fees will be paid at the time of bonding your inmate out of jail. But, 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, or click here for more detailed information.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The Mesa County Detention Facility offers virtual video visits with family members and friends to eligible inmates. Inmates must be in the facility for 72 hours before they are eligible to have a visitation scheduled. 

Family members and friends can visit with their loved ones using a computer, smartphone, or internet-connected device. Inmate video visits may be scheduled through ICSolutions.

All visits for friends and family members are 20-minutes long and may take place seven days per week, based upon availability. Visitations must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.

Eligible inmates may receive one video visitation per inmate, per week for free. For additional visits, a fee may apply.

Start Here to plan your video visit with your inmate at the Mesa County Detention Facility.

Physical Address

Mesa County Detention Facility
215 Rice Street
Grand Junction, Colorado

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

Information Line(970) 244-3536 (recording)
General Number(970) 244-3500
Inmate Locator(970) 244-3930

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Mesa County Detention Facility
Inmate Name and Number
c/o Mesa County Detention Facility
P.O. Box 20000-5017
Grand Junction, CO 81502

Mail is delivered to the inmates between Midnight and 7:00 a.m., Monday - Friday, excluding holidays. Mail can take several days to reach an inmate, due to sorting, screening, and security reasons. All personal incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband. 

Items Allowed

  • Jokes and letters are accepted as long as they are appropriate.
  • Only State and Federal issued checks are accepted through the mail.
  • One page, computer generated, yearly or monthly calendars are accepted.
  • W-2's and tax information are accepted.
  • Photographs are acceptable as long as they are no larger than 9"x 11" and of appropriate content. Photos of nudity will not be allowed. A maximum of five photos will be accepted.
  • Paperback books and magazines will ONLY be accepted when mailed directly from the publisher or vendor like Amazon or Barnes & Noble. The content of the book or magazine must be appropriate or it will be returned to the sender.

Items NOT allowed in inmate mail

  • Cut-outs or articles from magazines
  • Binders of any type
  • Jewelry
  • Payroll checks
  • Car titles
  • Stamps, envelopes and/or blank papers (Inmates can purchase through commissary) 
  • Musical cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Packages of any kind will not be accepted without prior approval.

Email an Inmate

Friends and family members who want to communicate with inmates via email may do so with an account at

Once inmates are placed into housing, they may have access to tablet-like devices that will allow them to send and receive electronic messages similar to email. Not all housing areas have access to these devices.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Mesa County Detention Facility 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.

A time limit of 20 minutes per telephone call is mandated to allow all inmates an opportunity to utilize the phone. 

To put money on an inmate’s phone account, call ICS at (888) 506-8407 or go to the ICS website at:

How to Send Money

Inmates at the Mesa County Detention Facility are allowed to spend up to $100 a week on commissary items. Commissary is ordered on Wednesdays and delivered on Saturdays for all inmates.

To deposit money on an inmate’s “books,” you have a few options:

  • Credit card deposits on the lobby kiosk.
    • You will need a government ID to use the kiosk. The kiosk will accept debit or credit cards and cash, no coins.
    • The Detention Lobby hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday, except on holidays.
You may also make credit card deposits online at or via phone at 1-866-345-1884.

Programs For Inmates

The Mesa County Detention Facility provides many programs and services that inmates may choose to participate in. 

Work Opportunities

Inmates can work in the kitchen, laundry, floor crew, and road crews. Road crews consist of sentenced inmates only, and members can earn a flagger certification for future work.

Jail Based Behavioral Services (JBBS)

Provides substance use treatment to inmates who have a substance use disorder.  


Exercise yards are available for the physical and mental well-being of inmates. Volunteers also offer Yoga classes for inmates who are interested.


Volunteers offer classes on a variety of subjects such as Alcoholics Anonymous, parenting, anger management, and continuing education.

Jail Ministry

The Chaplaincy program provides pastoral care and spiritual guidance and direction for various faiths: including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Pagan. Learn more about the Jail Ministry here.

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Careers at Mesa County Jail

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