Colorado State Prison Information
The Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) is one of the most important establishments of the Colorado State Department. The CDOC governs 20 state prisons and has been affiliated with 4 for-profit prisons that are now in operations. These prisons in total accommodate around 19.862 prison inmates. Statistics point out that among the US prisons, the Colorado state prisons are ranked 23 in the prison inmate population count.
Colorado State Prison Location
The most popular state prison in Colorado is the Colorado State Penitentiary and it is located in the beautiful Canon City.:
- Colorado State Penitentiary ( opened 1993)- level 5 maximum-security prison
Colorado State Prison Address:
E US Highway 50 Evans Blvd, Cañon City
Colorado State Prison Email
Emails can be sent to prison inmates using www.jpaycom which is a correctional email system that can be used to communicate with Colorado prison inmates. One can also write a letter and post it to
Inmate Name, ID number
P.O. Box 777 Canon City, CO 81215-0777
Number of Inmates
756 males approximately who are closed custody inmates.
How to Search Inmates in Colorado Prison?
Prison inmates can be traced using their inmate registration number. Upon clicking this link, one can reach the web page from where they can search the prison inmate using the registration information. This step is important as the inmate could have been transferred from one center to another to make them attend unique institutional programs. Also, a medical condition can also be a reason for a location shift.
Hence before one plans a visit, it is a good idea to check where the inmate is. The Colorado Department of corrections allows one to search on a federal prisoner for free through the help of the Bureau of Federal Prisons website (www.bop.gov). If you need to do a photo search, you can search on mug shots of prisoners by browsing through the PrisonHandbook website. There are other paid web services available for one to search prison inmate status and location.
Prison inmates can be visited with a prior appointment. Appointments can be made on Monday’s through Wednesday’s between 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The visitor needs to fill a visitor information form if they are intending to visit an offender from time to time. If they are visiting once a year, they need not fill any form. There are prison guidelines for visitors who visit the inmates. Some of the guidelines are:
- A background check is performed on the visitor before being allowed to meet the inmate. Generally, the processing starts at 9:30 AM and goes till 11 AM and again starts at 12:00 PM and continues till 1:30 PM.
- Visitors need to sit throughout the meeting
- Visitors need to follow the dress code
- A visitor gets 4 hours’ time to meet the inmate
- Visits will be limited to 3 visitors including adult and children.
If the Offender is controlled by the management unit and has no behavioral issues, he can obtain 2 visits per month and for closed custody offenders with no behavioral issues, 4 visits per month are approved. The visitation is possible only on Thursday at the following time slots:
8:15- to 9:45 AM
- 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
- 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Once labeled as a criminal, prisoners who are released post the completion of their sentence finds it hard to start life afresh. Hence the CDOC has planned plenty of career opportunities for their prison inmates through which they can learn something worthwhile. For example, the following incentive programs are planned throughout the year to manage the behavioral issues of inmates.
- Health and fitness program
- Stress Management program
- Teacher training programs
- How to become Clinical and mental health clinicians
- How to turn into correctional officers
There are many options for Colorado prison inmates to pursue their studies despite them held behind bars. While there are academic programs run in correction centers namely school-in prison, there are also correspondence courses offered by Colorado State University that runs for six months and charges around $500. Courses like bachelor degrees in social sciences and sociology interest many prison inmates and it have been disclosed as the most sought after academic program.
Apart from academics, there are self-help programs like alcohol anonymous, narcotics anonymous, health and fitness programs, etc. that are conducted at the correction center to engage their prison inmates and inculcate positivity in them.
Every prison in Colorado aims in making the lives of inmates happy, joyful and meaningful. There is a Colorado department of corrections Employment webpage (click here) which provides information on how behavioral programs change the lives of an inmate and makes them law-abiding citizens.