Jail Intake / Entry

County Jail Intake in Colorado

When a Colorado State Patrol Officer, city Police Officer, or Sheriff Deputy makes an arrest, they need to have a place to take the arrestee to be held until court. That place is generally the county jail in places like Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, and Denver County. The county jail is run by the sheriff's department and staffed by sheriff deputies and civilians. Civilians don't typically act as guards like deputies do, but they work in control rooms, medical facilities, clerical positions and informational roles.

Procedure Following an Arrest

Once arriving at a jail, the arrestee will be thoroughly searched, and "booked". Booking involves establishing the identity of the arrestee, running a criminal history, verifying the person's medical condition, obtaining fingerprints and taking photographs. Many times, arrestees are found to be in possession of drugs and will be charged with a Drug Offense. An arrestee in Adams County, Douglas County or Broomfield County will not be placed in the jail population until their blood alcohol level declines. They will be classified based on their offense and risk / threat level. Their jail clothing color often reflects this classification. All inmate clothing and property is placed in a bag and stored until the inmate's release. It is possible for an inmate to release their property to a person, but the process is often unnecessarily complex.

Once placed in a jail cell, an arrestee enters the jail's population and is known as an inmate. All of the inmate's movements are scrutinized by jail staff. Inmates will be given time in a common area where they can interact with other inmates. The inmates will be subject to time in their cells for sleeping or lockdown. Lockdown is the tightest control over a jail's population when inmates are required to be in their cells. Lockdown occurs during shift change, for an inmate "count" to ensure everyone is accounted for, and during high security risks - such as when a fight occurs.

Inmates are only given a few basic personal care items such as a tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo and feminine hygiene. At regular intervals, inmate personal supplies are replenished. Inmates can also order supplies provided they have money on their accounts. Some jails allow friends and family to put money on an inmate's account or "books" on-line (for a fee), and some accept money in person.

Caution - Police Will be Your First Visitor

Once an inmate arrives at jail, it is common for a police detective to quickly arrive and try to obtain a confession or to learn evidence which can be used against the inmate in court. It is essential that the inmate not speak with them or believe the detective when they pretend to care about the inmate or their release. It is common for a detective to make an inmate believe they will be released sooner or obtain a lesser conviction if they "cooperate" with the detective. With a job or house payment on the line, many inmates speak with police, desperate for the quickest release. It is best to get an immediate Lawyer Jail Visit with the inmate to protect them from these lies and deception.

If you have a friend or family member in jail, tell them remain silent, and call the experienced lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office, P.C. at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect their future.

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