The Sheriff is responsible for the operation of the Delta County Detention Facility (Jail). The Detention Facility's annual budget is over $1.5 million. This includes: salaries of 18 Detention Deputies, three Court Security Deputies, four Work Release Deputies, three culinary staff, medical services, food, and everything to operate two 24/7 facilities.

The dedicated County employees are entrusted with the care and safekeeping of all detainees waiting the outcome of their cases or those finishing their sentences.

The Delta Detention Facility was completed in 1986 and the off-site Work Release Facility in 2004. The Detention Facility has the ability to hold 73 male and female detainees and the Work Release Facility 25 male sentenced work release detainees.

However, the 73 at the Detention Facility are dependant on gender for specific areas. The Facility was originally designed to hold 44, and through creative modifications, 18 cells have been modified for double bunks. The higher numbers increase stresses among detainees and complicates housing of codefendants or involved detainees.

Contact Information
555 Palmer Street, 2nd Floor
Delta, CO 81416

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 172
Delta, CO 81416

Ph: (970) 874-2021
Fx: (970) 874-2027
Work Release: (970) 874-5911

Female inmates:
Tues and Sat
10:00-11:00 am

Male inmates:
Tues and Sat
1:30-3:30 pm

The average daily population in the Detention Facility for 2009 was approximately 48, and at the Work Release Facility approximately 15. With the assistance of the courts and other agencies, we have been able to move detainees more quickly than in previous years.

The average length of stay for an individual in 2009 was approximately 27 days. Our culinary staff managed a tight budget and was able to serve 58,200 meals in 2009 at a cost of $1.78 per meal. We have had many technological updates in the Facility so that security and efficiency are increased.

The surveillance camera system was recently modified for real time recording 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Telephone systems are recorded and monitored as needed, and finances are kept through the Cobra Banker System.

The Mission
It is our mission as professional Detention Deputies to provide a safe, secure, humane and constitutional care facility for pretrial detainees, and sentenced detainees.

Detention Facility Staff
  • One Detention Administrator (Captain)
  • Two Front Line Supervisors (Sergeants)
  • One Transport Deputy
  • 14 Full time Detention Deputies
  • Three Court Security Deputies
  • Four Work Release Deputies
  • Three Culinary Staff
The Work Release Facility was opened in 2004. It is an off-site building from the main Sheriff's Office. The Work Release Facility phone number is (970) 874-5911.

The building houses sentenced inmates whom a judge has determined are not a threat to the community, and this allows the inmate to maintain employment during their sentence. Each detainee is required to pay $20 a day that they depart for work. In 2009 the average daily population was 15. The Work Release Facility generated $102,119 in work release fees.

TAC Program
The Delta County Sheriff's Office is a member of the Transports Across Colorado (TAC). TAC enables the Department to transport detainees to and from our facility at a lower cost to the taxpayers, than if we were to have to do all our own transports. This program has been very beneficial in promoting team work with departments across Colorado. This program, North-West Transport program, and the cooperative efforts of transport teams on the Western Slope, have saved thousands of dollars.

Jail Information
All detainees of the facility are issued an "Inmate's Guide to Adjustment" in either English or Spanish, upon entering. This Guide gives details to the detainee's rights, responsibilities and possible consequences for violation of rules.

Visiting Hours
  • Female detainees: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Male detainees: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Special visits at other times must be approved in advance by a Sergeant or the Detention Administrator. Attorney and clergy visits are can be approved for any time with appropriate identification. Bible studies, AA and Mental Health groups are held regularly as part of the self-help courses offered. Detainees may receive finances that are added to the Cobra Banker System. These finances can be used to pay for their co-pay for medical treatment, booking and bonding fees, and commissary items.

Fingerprinting is available daily between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., with possible delays during the following hours:

  • Daily 8:00 a.m., noon, and 5:00 p.m. (Meal times)
  • Tuesdays and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Visitation)
  • Mondays 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. (Court)
  • Wednesdays 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (Court)
All dates and times are subject to change depending on Detention staff availability. Please press the buzzer at Door #10 to speak with a Detention Officer. The Detention Deputy staff will try to get you in as soon as possible.

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