Operations Division

General Information

The Detention Operations Division is responsible for operating two sections; Intake and Inmate Services as well as Court Services.

The mission of the Intake and Inmate Services Section is to ensure responsibilities are accomplished in accordance with accepted professional standards as prescribed in Colorado Revised Statue (C.R.S.) 17-26-103. In addition, the Section maintains required records and ensures accountability and security of inmate funds and property. During an inmate’s stay, all of the inmate’s records are maintained by this Section to include court updates, new charges, bond charges, work release fees, pre-trial services and any holds generated by other agencies.

The Inmate Services Unit is responsible for assigning a security classification to each inmate after being booked into the Criminal Justice Center (CJC). CJC contains several types of wards or cells. The Classification Unit considers various factors and safety of the inmate when determining an inmate's classification and placement; however, an inmate's classification can be changed even after being admitted. The Classification Unit is also responsible for the placement of inmates into the various internal programs such as the Trusty Program, the Reintegration Program and the Progressive and Regressive Housing Program.

Located in the Terry Harris Judicial Complex (courthouse), the Court Services Section is divided into two units; the Court Unit and the Transport Unit. The Court Unit is responsible for ensuring public safety as well as inmate safety while escorting inmates to the many courtrooms and providing security therein. Juveniles are also transported and escorted from the Spring Creek Detention Center to the appropriate courts. Additionally, this Unit is responsible for making arrests and processing any individuals remanded into the custody of the Sheriff from the court. In a timely, safe and secure manner, the Transport Unit moves inmates between the CJC and the courthouse. This Unit is additionally responsible for the transport of inmates throughout the State of Colorado to include the Department of Corrections and the many counties and cities in Colorado. Any local medical appointments or transports to the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo are also accomplished by this Unit.

The accreditation process offers the opportunity to evaluate operations against national standards, remedy deficiencies, and upgrade the quality of correctional programs and services. 

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office participates in the accreditation process with the American Correctional Association (ACA) and National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducts inspections which are based on many of the same standards through the accreditation process.  The United States Department of Justice passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003.  In order for correctional facilities to be considered compliant, they are required to be audited by certified Department of Justice auditors every three years.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Justice Center has its own Detention Investigations Team.  The team consists of two full-time members and several part-time members.  Team members conduct and assist in investigations of criminal activity within the facility, crimes technically occurring outside the facility but with ties to incarcerated inmates (such as restraining order violations by telephone or through inmate mail), and major incidents, such as in-custody deaths and suicide attempts. 

In 2003, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (known as “PREA”), in an effort to eliminate sexual abuse in correctional (‘confinement’) settings.

Located in the El Paso County courthouse the Court Services Section is part of the Detention Operations Division and is divided into the Court Unit and the Transport Unit. This section is responsible for ensuring the public’s safety by providing security in 44 court rooms, moving inmates to and from court in a safe, secure, and timely manner and arresting and processing remands in accordance with prescribed directives and applicable laws. Further, to provide safe and secure vehicular transportation for inmates to and from court, between local detention facilities, State Hospital, Department of Corrections facilities and other law enforcement jurisdictions throughout the state and as directed by the courts.

Since 1996, the EPSO Gateways Through the Rockies program has provided effective educational and therapeutic programming, re-entry support, and employable work experiences though community based business partnerships. Gateways is a non-taxpayer/self-supported inmate work program. We strive to have a positive personal impact on criminal offenders, significantly reducing crime in El Paso County and surrounding counties, and to save taxpayers money that would have been spent on policing and re-incarceration.

Inmate Classification is responsible for assigning a security classification to each inmate after being booked into the Criminal Justice Center (CJC), which contains several types of wards or cells. The Classification Unit considers various factors when determining an inmate's classification and placement; however, an inmate's classification can be changed even after being admitted. Housing reviews/re-classifications are completed on a 45, 60 and 90-day period depending on where the inmate is housed.

Cash, Cashier’s Checks, Official Checks, or Money Orders can be accepted 24/7 at the main transaction window located in the lobby of the Criminal Justice Center (CJC). No personal checks will be accepted and no change is available to be given. Deposits to inmate accounts can only be done through the CJC Bookkeeping window or one of Trinity's systems (cash machines located on the CJC complex and Metro, or online systems).

There are many reasons why we are strict in what is and is not allowed, and there are many policies and procedures that govern the way we process all incoming mail. There is no way to cover all possible situations, but listed below you will find basic rules. If followed, these rules will aid in your mail communication into this facility.

There are times when we have inmates with similar names; this is why you need to use the inmate’s full booking name and Admit Number (Not DOC Number) in the mailing address of all correspondence, money orders, and certified/cashier checks (no nick names, abbreviations, or initials). This includes any books or magazine orders that are sent in by the publisher or on line distributor. If you need the inmate’s Admit Number/Booking Number, you can call or research the information on the website.

Inmate Programs operate within the Support Division of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Detention Bureau.

A portion of the Inmate Programs Section is responsible for providing educational, religious, and therapy-oriented programs to the inmate population.  Attendance in programs is voluntary and available to most inmates upon written request at no charge.  The Criminal Justice Center (CJC) provides a multitude of programs to incarcerated inmates in an ongoing effort to give them the opportunity to earn an education and resolve personal growth issues.  Below are just a few of the programs that are offered to our General Population inmates.

All inmate property is inventoried during pre-admit processing, booking, then re-inventoried by Property Technicians who control and account for inmate property.

No property is accepted for an inmate once they are formally booked into the Criminal Justice Center (CJC) with the following exceptions: prescription glasses, certain pre-approved prescription medications which must be verified and accepted by CJC medical staff, clothes for jury trials, State Identification, Passports, vehicle and house keys.

Upon completion of a Personal Property Release form, an inmate can release property to a specific, identified person. The person receiving this property must have a valid picture identification card and present it prior to any property being released to them.

Property can be picked up 24 hours a day at the transaction window in the lobby of CJC.

To ensure all Intake and Release responsibilities are accomplished in accordance with accepted professional standards and as prescribed in Colorado Revised Statue (C.R.S.) 17-26-103. In addition, Intake and Release maintains required records, ensures accountability and security of inmate funds and their personal property.

Since the 1990’s, recidivism rates and greater demands on our judicial system have kept jails and prisons overcrowded and searching for relief. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is very proud of our effort to reduce our jail population and criminal recidivism, and to hopefully prepare offenders to reintegrate into the community as productive members of society, through some innovative programs.

Our Reintegration and Recovery (R&R) Program delivers a multi-dimensional educational/treatment approach to inmates battling substance abuse issues. Their treatment needs and educational issues are addressed, while they are instructed on thought, anger, relapse, and lifestyle techniques. Our program emphasizes post-release aftercare and successful reintegration into the community. The more our R&R Program is exposed to the incarcerated population, the greater the opportunity to reduce criminal recidivism and incarceration costs.

The responsibilities of the team cover a large gambit of duties, which have expanded since the original implementation of the team. Some of these include: Forced Cell Extractions, Open Area Containment, Riot Control, Mental Health Pick Ups, High Risk Extraditions and Transports, High Risk Jury Trials and Site Visits, and supplemental duties to the SWAT Team.