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The Jefferson County Detention Facility is designed to accommodate approximately 1,300 inmates in minimum- , medium- and maximum-security units and special housing areas. The entire facility comprises 388,000 square feet with room for male and female detainees in separate housing modules.
The facility opened in 1986 at its current location, 200 Jefferson County Pkwy. in Golden. In 1999 the sheriff's office broke ground on a jail expansion that brought the building to its current size. The facility contains recreation yards, an online law library and program rooms to support activities for personal development.
Persons in custody in minimum-security areas are kept in dormitory-style housing. Though they are not free to leave the module, inmates are free to move about within the unit and participate in a variety of activities. Most of those activities are designed to teach inmates skills necessary to be successful after returning to the community. Each two-story quadrant in the minimum-security areas include sleeping rooms, exercise areas, token-operated laundries and multipurpose rooms for meetings and recreation. Through the direct-supervision, structural design of many parts of the jail, staff members are able to effectively watch inmates.
The expanded facility was designed to maintain low costs, maximize security and reduce prisoner movement from one building to another. You can see how it differs from the facilities in our history.
The Jefferson County Detention Facility inmate population continues to grow. When the expanded jail opened in 2000, it had an average daily population of 768 total inmates per day. By 2004, that daily average rose to 1,153; however, the jail has held as many as 1,470 inmates at its maximum during the summer of 2005, when extra beds were added to sleeping areas.
The jail received its accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA), which ensures that an independent, nongovernmental body regularly checks the jail standards. The facility's medical unit is also accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC).
The rose garden, located in the northeast corner of the county complex in Golden, is the only public rose garden in the United States to be planted at a jail and maintained by inmates. The garden is funded with inmate snack purchases and commissary items, and their telephone-usage fees. No taxpayer dollars are used in the maintenance of the rose garden.
Administration & Courts Facility 100 Jefferson County Parkway Golden, Colorado 80419 (303) 279-6511
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