Welcome to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau. Our goal in the Detention Bureau is to maintain a safe, secure environment at the El Paso County Jail and the Metro Work Release Facility (MWRF) for those incarcerated. We strive to provide opportunities for inmates to obtain the necessary discipline, skills and therapy through a multi-systemic approach including substance abuse and anger management programs, progressive/regressive classification system, and the Reintegration and Recovery Program, to successfully return to their communities once released.
The El Paso County Jail houses all individuals arrested on misdemeanor and felony charges by all law enforcement agencies in El Paso County. The inmates are pre-trial and/or sentenced to the El Paso County Jail or Department of Corrections. The overall average length of stay for inmates incarcerated is 32 days and over 50% of the population is sentenced on or facing felony charges. The El Paso County Jail is also a contract holding facility for several state and federal agencies, to include Colorado State Parole, Military Installations, and the U.S. Marshal’s Office.
The Detention Bureau is comprised of three components: Security, Operations and Compliance. The Security Division is responsible for housing and supervision of the 1500 plus inmates in the El Paso County Jail on a daily basis, as well as detention projects. The Operations Division encompasses the Intake and Inmate Services and Court Services Sections. The Intake and Inmate Services Section is responsible for the intake and release of inmates from the facilities, classification screening and placement, inmate court file maintenance, bookkeeping and warrant processing. The Court Services Section is responsible for the safe transport and security of all inmates to and from court. The Detention Compliance Section encompasses the Standards and Compliance and Facility and Offender Management Sections. The Accreditation Unit is responsible for maintaining accreditation through the American Correctional Association (ACA) and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC), as well as maintaining policies and procedures that direct operations within the Detention Bureau. The Facility and Offender Management Section is responsible for alternative sentencing programs such as Work Release and the Reintegration and Recovery Program.
The Detention Bureau is a necessary and valuable component of the criminal justice system and El Paso County. We continuously strive to maintain a professional environment while maintaining the highest correctional standards in a state of the art facility. We hope that you find the information contained within this site informative.