Otero County Jail

The Otero County Jail is located in La Junta, Colorado. This detention facility is operated by the Otero County Sheriff's Department, and houses adult men and women who have been arrested by local county or municipal law enforcement. 

The Otero County Jail holds pre-trial inmates, sentenced inmates, parole violators, and inmates who are awaiting transport to the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Inmate Search

To find out if your loved one is being held in the Otero County Jail, call the facility at 719-384-5941 or use VINE. Be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name and date of birth when using the VINE website.

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 Otero County Jail

You can call the Otero County 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 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. 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 Otero 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.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Inmate visits at the Otero County Jail are conducted via video, both on-site and remotely. Friends and family can visit with their loved one from home over the internet using their home computer or through the video kiosk located in the jail lobby. 

Video visits are available during normal business hours. The cost is .20 cents per minute—up to 15 minutes—from your own device, if you visit remotely. There is no charge if you schedule and visit from the lobby kiosk. 

When scheduling your video visit, it cannot be scheduled for the same day. You must schedule at least 24 hours in advance.

Scheduling Your Visit

To schedule a video visit from home or at the lobby kiosk, you will need a computer, phone, or tablet with a speaker, camera, and a high-speed internet connection. 

Go to www.inmatesales.com to create your account and login. Select New Purchase $, choose Otero County Jail, Colorado, and then select a remote or onsite visit. Finally, enter your personal info, purchase your visiting minutes, and schedule the visit. 

To visit with an Apple mobile device, download the InmateSales app and login. Use the Chrome browser for Android devices and computers.

To contact Combined Public Communications Customer Service for Friends & Family, call 1-800-340-7879.

Physical Address

Otero County Jail
222 East 2nd St
La Junta CO 81050

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Leijw3RYB3tYVJXs8

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Otero County Jail
Inmate Name and Number
222 East 2nd St
La Junta CO 81050

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at the Otero 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.

Every cell at the Otero County Jail has a phone for detainees to make calls from. Chirpers are devices that detainees are issued that allow them to have texting conversations with loved ones. Individuals are charged per text. 

You can add funds to an inmate's account for phone calls or chirpers at www.inmatesales.com or through the kiosk in the jail lobby.

How to Send Money

Friends and family members can put money on an inmate's commissary account—to buy personal hygiene items, correspondence materials, clothing, and food—by coming into the jail lobby and using the kiosk. They can also go to www.smartdeposit.com, or call 1-866-394-0490. 

Commissary is delivered to the Otero County Jail every Wednesday. For a detainee to receive the current week's commissary items, their order must be placed by Sunday. If a detainee has an outstanding balance or debt, those funds will be used towards the debt first. 

Care Packs:

Friends and family can also purchase Care Packs that are shipped from a secure facility to detainees at the Otero County Jail. To send a detainee a Care Pack, go to www.mycarepack.com.

Programs For Inmates

This information is not publicly available.

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Careers at Otero County Jail

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