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ALERT: COVID-19 SUSPENSION OF VISITATION
Given the risks associated with the spread of COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Corrections has begun to modify operations at our facilities.
At this time, in order to best protect CDOC facilities, effective immediately the Department of Corrections will suspend all visiting in our facilities. DOC understands that this will greatly impact the inmate population, but have made the difficult decision that the risk of a visitor potentially bringing COVID-19 into a facility is something that must be prevented to the extent possible. CDOC has implemented video visiting in all facilities (please see the section on Implementation of Video Visiting further down the page) and is providing all offenders in our custody one free 5-minute phone call per week in order to assist offenders in staying connected to those they care about. Legal visits will still occur but will be non-contact visits.
Please see the full announcement regarding our modified operations at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdoc/news/3-11-2020-operational-changes-colorado-department-corrections-facilities-prevention-covid-19. Additional information regarding the department's response to COVID-19 may be found at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdoc/covid-19-faq-and-updates.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Appointments for visiting offenders at CCC may be arranged by calling (303) 273-1763 or by emailing doc_CCC_visiting@state.co.us between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Friday.
Visiting phone: (303) 273-1763
Visiting email: email@example.com
The number of visitors an offender may receive and the length of visits may be limited only by the facility's schedule, space, and personnel constraints. The intended visitor must complete a Visitor Application and return the completed, signed form to the facility where the offender is housed. Incomplete applications may be rejected.
Minors must be listed on the application of the legal guardian or immediate family member that will accompany the minor on the visit. Minor children must be named on the Visitor Application, but will not be counted toward the twelve (12) approved visitors.
Only one (1) adult name per application will be permitted.
The Administrative Head is the assigned authority to approve, deny, or delete names of visitors on visiting lists. An offender's visiting list shall be subject to the following restrictions:
Offenders and their visitors are accountable to conduct themselves in such a manner as to not bring suspicion nor discredit upon themselves or be disruptive or offend the sensibilities of other visitors. Visitors and offenders are required to obey all staff instructions and to comply with all Administrative Regulations.
A short embrace and appropriate closed mouth kiss may be permitted at the beginning and at the end of each visit. During visits, offenders may hold hands with their visitor. Visiting conditions will permit informal communication and reasonable levels of physical contact between offender and visitors. In instances of substantiated security risks, the Administrative Head may establish non-contact visiting areas. Body contacts between offenders and visitors other than these will not be permitted.
It is the responsibility of visitors to supervise and maintain control over their minor children. Any physical discipline of such minor children deemed necessary cannot occur on correctional facility property. If a minor becomes disruptive during a visit and is not controlled by verbal instruction from the supervising visitor, the visit will be terminated. Breast-feeding of infants is only allowed in the designated area noted in the facility Operational Memorandum.
In facilities where restrooms are provided within the visiting area, the use of restrooms will be established by the facility Administrative Head and posted for visitor's information. Times will be posted as well as reflected in the facility Operational Memorandum.
Other than items from available vending machines, visitors shall not exchange any object nor article with an offender. Only those items approved by facility Operational Memoranda will be allowed into the visiting area.
The DOC will assume no responsibility for items lost, stolen or left in or around the visiting area or on DOC grounds. If an offender is found to be in possession of or use of contraband, either during or following a visit, it will be assumed that the contraband was introduced by the visitor(s) and the contraband will become reasonable suspicion for revocation or suspension of visiting privileges for that visitor(s).
Sanctions that will be Imposed for Violations
Revocation/Termination of visits
Ninety (90) days of non-contact visits
ninety (90) days of suspended visits
any combination of non-contact and suspended visits
For subsequent visiting violations an automatic one (1) year visiting suspension will be imposed.
Major visiting violations that jeopardize the security of the facility may result in permanent suspension of visiting privileges.
Any visitor whose visiting privileges have been revoked or suspended for one (1) year or permanently may request, in writing, periodic reconsideration, at six (6) month intervals. Requests are to be sent to the Administrative Head who rendered the decision.
Suspension and/or revocation from visiting privileges from one facility shall automatically include all other DOC facilities.
Possession and/or use of illegal drugs constitutes a serious threat to the security of all correctional facilities or offices, requiring that all efforts be employed to preclude entry and/or use of illegal drugs within a correctional facility or DOC office. Accordingly, upon verified possession or use of illegal drugs or participation in drug-related activities, to include refusals of drug screening procedures, forfeiture of the offender's social visiting privileges shall, at a minimum, be imposed as follows:
First conviction: Six (6) months suspension followed by three (3) months non-contact visiting, if available.
Second conviction: Twelve (12) months suspension followed by six (6) months of non-contact visiting.
Third conviction: Permanent suspension.
Forfeiture of social visiting privileges under these conditions will be ordered by the Administrative Head and will include the removal from visiting lists of all social visitors.
Verified possession will be by accepted testing procedures such as Narkit field testing and/or urinalysis screening.
Denial of Visitation
If a visit is denied or terminated for cause, the visitor shall be precluded from further or future visiting until subsequent determinations are made by the Administrative Head.
Reasons for a visit being denied, terminated for cause, suspended or revoked, or for any other reasonable cause include, but are not limited to:
A visitor who has been denied, terminated, suspended or revoked from visiting shall be advised of the reasons for such action without revealing any confidential information and the visitor may provide, in writing, any information deemed pertinent for the Administrative Head's consideration during the review process.
Visitor Entry, Searches, and Procedures
Visitors are to be required to present a valid picture identification prior to their admission for visiting. Acceptable identification would include:
Driver's License with picture
State identification card with picture
Official or picture identification card need not be required for visitors under age 18 unless the visitor is an emancipated minor.
At facilities housing medium or higher custody offenders, all visitors will be required to have the back of their right hand stamped with an ultra-violet marker before entry into the facility, by the staff person authorizing entry. The marker stamped on the back of the right hand will be read by a "black light" to establish positive identification prior to authorizing the visitor's departure from the facility. Visiting rules prohibit the resumption of the visit after leaving the facility.
All visitors are required to register upon entry into the facility by completing DC Form 300-01B, Consent to Search Authorization which specifies the circumstances under which visitors may be searched. Visitors shall complete this form each time they enter a facility or office.
It shall be the responsibility of each visitor to notify DOC of any personal changes, verbally at the visiting center, or by completing DC Form 300-01C, Visiting Update as necessary, at each subsequent visit.
Information requested and/or submission of false information shall result in denial/revocation of visits.
All persons coming onto the grounds of a DOC facility, their vehicles, and articles of property in their possession are subject to inspection/search consistent with the security needs of the facility. In the event a visitor refuses to submit to any entrance or visiting procedure, that person will be denied visits and shall be required to leave DOC facility/property immediately.
All items of contraband found on a visitor during a search will be immediately seized.
No visitor shall be strip searched. If reasonable suspicion exists that the visitor is concealing contraband, local law enforcement officers or the IG Investigators are to be summoned.
Visitor personal items authorized by facility Operational Memoranda to enter the facility must be carefully inspected for contraband.
Except at minimum security facilities, as described by or when restricted by facility Implementation/Adjustment forms, no food may be brought into a visiting area with the exception of baby food. Baby food containers entering the visiting area must be factory sealed. No open food containers or food without containers will be permitted. Two (2) baby bottles containing food, water, milk or juice may be taken into the visiting area for each baby. Diaper bags may be taken into the visiting area with two (2) clean diapers, two (2) baby toys which can be easily checked for contraband, and one (1) change of clothes. The diaper bag must be left under staff supervision.
Visiting area vending machines are for use by visitors to obtain snack food items and beverages while visiting. Staff supervising visits are not responsible for the vending machines. Problems encountered in using the machines must be handled directly with the vendor. Complaint and refund applications will be provided by the visiting staff. Visitors will be allowed to retain excess food items or drink and take these items with them when the visit is concluded.
Visitors' vehicles are subject to inspection or search while on State property, as provided by CRS 17-19-101.
If staff interacting with visitors determine that reasonable suspicion exists regarding the possible introduction and/or possession of contraband, or has an outstanding warrant, the visitor:
Visitors shall not possess nor carry onto the grounds of a DOC facility any explosive devices, firearms, ammunition, alcoholic beverages, illicit narcotics, objects or materials of any kind which are readily adaptable for use to compromise the safety or security of the facility.
Visitors shall not bring into the visiting area books of any kind, pagers, portable telephones, credit cards, cameras or film of any kind, briefcases, cosmetics, prescription drugs other than the amount needed for the duration of the visit and as noted on the prescription, or other items which require shakedown or search procedures thus causing delay in facilitating visits.
No animals (except service animals) are allowed on state grounds.
Offender social visiting is a privilege.
The only jewelry or adornment offenders will be permitted to wear into the visiting area is a wedding ring, one (1) religious medallion and medical alert badges.
At a minimum, electronic searches using walk though metal detectors or hand held metal detectors will be used in processing visitors.
Pat searches will be conducted on as many visitors as time permits upon visitor entry. Pat searches will be conducted by staff members of the same gender.
Offender visiting policy recognizes offender social visiting as a privilege to be approved, denied, suspended, or revoked by the administrative head of the facility to which the offender is assigned.
Each administrative head may establish reasonable operational rules based upon individual facility differences. Such rules are to be fashioned toward creating a relaxed and normal environment; visiting facilities are to be conducive to informal communications. Custodial supervision and control are to be commensurate with the security level of the facility but shall be as unobtrusive as practical with minimum intrusion into the visit.
Each facility shall regulate the time schedule, frequency of visits, and the number of persons permitted, per visit, according to its security needs and space limitations. All limitations must be applied uniformly to all offenders of the same security level at each facility.
Within the facility’s implementation/adjustments governing offender visiting, the administrative head will establish criteria for determining whether the visit is to be a contact or a non-contact visit. Other special visiting restrictions may be imposed in consideration of facility scheduling, space availability, security, and/or DOC employee constraints.
When visiting areas are full and overcrowding exists, the visiting DOC employees may limit visits based on the following criteria:
First In First Out (FIFO); the first persons checking in and have visited a minimum of two (2) hours may be asked to leave in order to allow other visitors to visit
Frequency of visiting
Exceptions: special visits, visitors who have traveled distances greater than 200 miles one way.
All visits may be terminated any time a facility emergency exists; visitors must leave the facility/grounds promptly.
Visitors will be excluded from the visiting list with authorization from the Administrative Head if they:
Are victim of the sex offender they are attempting to visit, except under circumstances approved in advance and in writing, by the sex offender treatment unit and the administrative head.
Are under the age of 18 visiting an offender who has been convicted at any time of a sexual offense unless approved in advance and in writing, by the sex offender treatment unit and the administrative head.
Are victims of the offender or who are children under the age of 18 years of age, if such visits would be contrary to the rehabilitation of the offender. This is documented by mental health DOC employees or contract workers who will evaluate the offender and make recommendations regarding visits that may be detrimental to the offender’s rehabilitation.
CO DOC - Rules by Security
Visiting an Offender
Visitation by family and friends is encouraged and can be a positive influence during an inmate’s time in prison, as well as after the inmate’s release. Regular visitation assists individuals re-entering the community by helping to preserve healthy relationships with family and friends. The Department strives to make these visits comfortable and pleasant. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the visiting rules and procedures for Colorado Department of Corrections prior to visiting. Specific rules and useful information are outlined below in the "General Information and Approval Process" section.
Ongoing visitation application:
Complete a Visitor Application and mail to the location specified under the Facility Specific Visiting Information section below.
Minor Children (any child under 18) visiting application:
A parent or guardian needs to complete a Form 300-01G Authorization for Minor Child Visitation and mail to the location specified under the Facility Specific
One-time or infrequent visitors (i.e., one to two times per year):
Please complete a Special Visitation Application and mail to the location specified under the Facility Specific Visiting Information section below.
What is considered a special visit?
Special Visits by persons whose names are not on an offender's approved visiting list may be authorized by the Administrative Head. Other special or extended visiting privileges may be approved by the Administrative Head or Executive Director.
Special or extended visits between offenders and their families may be granted for reasons such as:
Requests for an initial visit prior to background verification for visiting approval.
When the visitor(s) has traveled out of state and/or a long distance; and/or,
When a special visit is determined by the Administrative Head or designee to be in the best interest of the offender's rehabilitative needs or correctional goals.
Please be advised: Unforeseen security problems may interfere with visiting, causing delayed, shortened, suspended or cancelled visits. This is unusual, but it does occasionally occur. Whenever possible, notice of such events will be posted on this website on the homepage under "What's New"
The Colorado Department of Corrections is committed to ensuring equal access to and full participation in services and programs for qualified individuals with disabilities, including visitors. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is an important part of our culture and we are committed to provide reasonable accommodations when needed without causing undue hardship to the Colorado Department of Corrections.
VISITORS’ NOTICE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the Colorado Department of Corrections (hereafter referred to as “DOC”) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.
Requests for Accommodation: The DOC provides a method for visitors to request accommodations in accordance with the ADA. Administrative Regulation 100-42 governs the request process and contains the request form, which is available to visitors here and upon request. Completed requests should be submitted to the facility/office ADA coordinator at the location where they are visiting.
Effective Communication: The DOC will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services for effective communication to qualified visitors so they can participate equally in DOC programs, services, and activities, including visitation amplification devices, accessible formatting of public materials, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.
Modifications to Policies and Procedures: The DOC will make all reasonable modifications to policies and procedures to ensure that visitors have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its services, programs, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in DOC facilities/offices, even where pets are generally prohibited.
A visitor who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the DOC, should contact the facility/office ADA coordinator as soon as possible but no later than seven business days before the scheduled visit.
Complaint Procedure: Complaints that a service, program, or activity of the DOC is not accessible to visitors, or if a visitor would like to appeal the denial of a request for accommodation, he/she shall follow the complaint procedure outlined in Administrative Regulation 100-42.
The ADA does not require the DOC to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its services, programs, and activities, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden. DOC will not place a surcharge on a particular individual or group of individuals to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.
Department of Corrections Non-Discrimination Statement