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  • Inmate Mail and Telephone


    Sending Mail to an Inmate

    To send mail to an inmate at the Jefferson County Jail, please address the envelope this way:

    Inmate's Full Name
    P.O. Box 16700
    Golden, CO 80402-6700

    Note: All incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband and incoming money.

    The following information is an excerpt from the official inmate handbook, given to each inmate booked into the facility, about mail.

    Personal Incoming Mail

    All incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband and incoming funds. There are no restrictions on the number of letters you may receive, but there are size and content restrictions. Letter and legal size envelopes are acceptable.

    Outgoing or incoming mail may be rejected and returned to sender if there is reason to believe that it may contain inappropriate materials, including but not limited to:

    • Plans for the introduction of contraband.
    • Plans for criminal activity.
    • Threats of extortion.
    • Instruction for the manufacture of weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, explosives or alcohol beverages.
    • Plans for escape or unauthorized entry.
    • Codes not understood by the scanner, to include gang graffiti or "tagging."
    • Plans for activities in violation of facility rules.
    • Information, which if communicated, would create serious danger of violence and/or harm to any person.
    • Mail which contains potentially infectious and/or offensive materials (body fluids, etc.).
    • Sexually explicit photographs.
    • Material which promotes racial conflict or discrimination.
    • Materials which may disrupt the operation and/or safety and security of the facility.
    • Illegal gang materials.
    • Items not authorized for retention, ie., stickers, stamps, envelopes, blank paper, laminated plastic, newspaper/magazine clippings, musical cards, cards larger than 8" x 11", or Polaroid pictures.
    • An excess of three pictures, or pictures larger than 4 x 6 inches.
    • Money orders sent, other than the allowable U.S. Postal or International Postal money orders.
    • Any book or magazine.


    The detention facility is not responsible for delays or errors on the part of the U.S. Postal Service in the daily delivery of mail. If any item is denied it is returned to sender and the inmate is informed in writing.

    • Acceptable Property to Receive by Mail
      • Photographs may be received in personal correspondence or package. No Polaroids. Only three photos at a time.
      • Incoming funds that are mailed to the facility for you must be in the form of U.S. Postal and International Postal money orders or certified funds made payable to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (J.C.S.O.).
        No personal checks or credit cards will be accepted.
      • The jail will no longer accept books or magazines by mail.

    Limitations of these items are listed in the personal property section of this handbook.

    Once you have been released or transferred from the Jefferson County Detention Facility, all incoming mail addressed to you will be returned to sender. No mail will be forwarded.

    Legal Mail

    Incoming legal mail must be clearly marked on the envelope "Legal Mail" and the address of the sender must be typed or printed to indicate the source or origin. Incoming legal mail will be inspected in the presence of the inmate to whom it is addressed.

    Telephone Use

    You may establish an account to receive collect calls from an inmate in the jail


    The following information is an excerpt from the official inmate handbook, given to each inmate booked into the facility, about telephone use.

    Telephone Calls

    During the booking and classification process, supervisors, booking deputies and counseling staff may, at their discretion, allow you to place non-toll calls to procure bond or for verified family emergencies. All inmates will be given access to a FREE phone call during the classification process. After this initial call, the Counseling staff WILL NOT provide telephone assistance except in EMERGENCY situations. All other calls to contact family, friends, employers, attorneys, etc., will be made on the dayroom collect call telephones. All calls, with the exception of attorney/client privileged conversation, may be monitored and/or recorded for the safety of staff, inmates, the community and the security of the facility.

    Telephone rules:

    1. There is a fifteen (15) minute time limit on all calls.
    2. You are not allowed to talk loud, make threats or abuse the phones. Abuse of the collect call, coin or visitation phones may result in criminal charges, including associated monetary responsibility for repairs or replacement. You may be instructed to end a call for any abuse of the telephones. If you do not end a call when instructed, the phone may be shut off.
    3. Phone numbers may be blocked if there is any indication of attempted 3-way calling, potential fraud, possible non-payment or harassment. There are value limits per day, per week and per month for each specific number called. If you exceed these limits, the phone provider will automatically block the number.
    4. Current guidelines regarding the number of call attempts per seven-day period, accepted calls, denied calls and talk time limits for both local and long distance calls is posted in your assigned housing area. Exceeding any of the limits listed will cause an automatic block.

    If you are having problems connecting with a specific phone number, contact the phone provider at the number posted in your assigned housing area.

    Telephone calls to the public defender and other inmate assistance programs are, in general, open and are not subject to a charge.

    Last Updated: 4-21-2014