The Detention Division or the Douglas County Jail is headquartered at the Robert A. Christensen Justice Center and encompasses the inmate detention facility or Jail, court services section, inmate classification section, inmate programs section, and the work release program.
To locate an inmate at the Douglas County Jail please use the online Inmate Inquiry System.
To protect the public and institutional safety through the incarceration of adult offenders in the Douglas County Jail, while meeting statutory and constitutional standards of care and provide program opportunities intended to reduce re-incarceration.
The Detention Division strives to achieve these goals daily through service excellence and constant vigilance and compliance with policies, standards, and progressive, prescribed procedures.
The current facility opened in June 1998, and was a state-of-the-art detention facility with 192 cells, capable of holding 284 inmates in its four housing pods. In 1998 the Average Daily Population (ADP) was 104 inmates. As part of its original purpose, the Justice Center was designed to accommodate the need for future expansion without the need to purchase additional land. As a result of the continued inmate population growth in 2005, the County expanded the jail by opening Pods E and F. This expansion increased our inmate capacity to 464 inmates, with an 80% operating ADP of 372 inmates. The ADP for 2011 was 315 inmates.
The original Strategic Plan, the Omni Report, had projections that included continued inmate growth in large numbers. The Omni Report plan included building an offsite work release facility and two new pods (G and H). The increase in inmate numbers has not come to pass; however, several new factors emerged that have created challenges for Detention staff. These challenges include the lack of a medical infirmary, the effectiveness and efficiency of the current housing of medical inmates, Special Management Unit (SMU) inmates, protocol inmates, actively suicidal inmates, and intake populations.
In 2011, based on the above needs, the County contracted with Klipp Architecture in association with Ricci Green Associates to complete a new Strategic Plan for the jail. This Justice Center Space Needs Assessment will be completed by the end of January 2012 and the final report will be made available to the County.
In late 2011 the Detentions Division began the process of upgrading the facility’s security system. This was project was necessary as the current system has had many ongoing maintenance problems which were not cost effective to repair. For this project the County contracted with Sierra Detention Systems to complete the upgrade. Sierra Detention Systems is a local company which is important to the ongoing maintenance and troubleshooting of the new system. The planning portion of the project was completed in 2011 and the new system will be installed in 2012.
The Detentions Division was granted several new positions in the County’s 2012 adopted budget which included two-thirds of a deputy post (four deputies) in B Pod (SMU, Medical, and Intake) and two-thirds of a specialist post (four specialists) in C Pod (Female Pod). This brings the total staff of the Douglas County Jail Division to 168 full-time employees, 54 of whom are civilian detention specialists who assist with facility operations, inmate classification, inmate assistance programs, and support deputies in performing their duties. The employment of these highly-regarded civilian staff members contributes significantly to the lower operating costs of the detention facility.
On January 31, 2011 the Detentions Division obtained the American Correctional Association (ACA) Accreditation. This was a difficult undertaking and one that the Sheriff and staff are very proud of. Our final score on the audit was 100% on mandatory files and 98% for non-mandatory files. The Detentions Division has continued the process of Accreditation by completing the 2011 ACA files and upholding the applicable ACA standards. The Detentions Division continues to hold the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) Accreditation, which was received in March of 2010. The next NCCHC inspection and audit will occur in the last half of 2012. This Certificate of Accreditation states that the Office has met all the requirements of accreditation under NCCHC’s Standards for Health Services.
The Office has several employees who have obtained their Certified Jail Manager (CJM) and/or their Certified Jail Officer (CJO) designations.
According to Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) 17-26-102 the Sheriff is required to be the Keeper of the Jail and C.R.S. 30-10-511 Sheriff is the Custodian of the Jail.