COVID-19 FAQ and Updates

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Updates

The Colorado Department of Corrections continues to monitor the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and has implemented a number of operational measures to protect the health and safety of  our staff, inmates and parolees.  Further information regarding the measures taken by CDOC to address COVID-19 may be found below and will be updated as new information becomes available.  

Information and Resources 

A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found HERE (last updated 12/16/2020) 

10/29/2020- Letter to Inmate Family and Friends from Exec Director Williams 

A list of community testing sites can be found HERE (last updated 11/17/2020) 

Third Party Vendor Care Packages

To assist with allowing family and friends to show support for their loved ones, the Colorado Department of Corrections will temporarily allow family and friends of inmates to purchase certain items, within set guidelines, from specific approved third party vendors.

It is important that prior to making any purchases that individuals review and understand the purchasing guidelines (SEE BELOW). Please understand that safety and security of all inmates, staff and the public is our top priority. If items are purchased outside of the guidelines that have been established, the Department will not allow those items to be received by the inmates. Listed below are the set guidelines for making a purchase and the maximum spending limit per INMATE based on their facility and living unit/pod.

The Department has created a public list on that contains all of the items that have been approved for purchase. The list can be found at:

All package orders must be completed and submitted on the Amazon website by January 15, 2021. Any orders purchased after January 15, 2021, will be considered contraband and will be handled in accordance with departmental policy, AR 300-06, Searches and Contraband.

Potential Visitation Guidelines:

The CDOC will review the potential visitation protocols at the end of every month to determine the appropriate course of action to best protect the health and safety of staff, incarcerated individuals and friends and family. At this time, draft visiting standards have been completed, but could be adjusted at any time as needed. A copy of those draft standards can be found here: DRAFT CDOC Pandemic Visiting Standards 

Governor's Executive Orders Related to COVID-19 and Colorado Department of Corrections Operations:
Current Governor's Executive Order (Current as of 1/9/2021):  Executive Order D 2021 012

Early Release Requests:

At present, the department is not authorized to consider any offenders for early release. The considerations for early release that were done earlier in the year were under the provisions of an executive order by Governor Polis which expired on May 22nd and has not been renewed. None of those requests are being revisited as the department currently does not have any authority to identify individuals for early release except through the standard, established processes for ISP-I and Special Needs Parole under state statute and CDOC policy.  If an offender meets the criteria for ISP-I as per Administrative Regulation 250-01 Intensive Supervision Program (ISP - Inmate) Referral and Placement Process or meets the criteria for special needs parole as per Administrative Regulation 550-13 Special Needs Parole, he or she may apply for either of those through the assigned case manager. 

Information on Criteria under Governor's Executive Orders 016 and 043 (NOW EXPIRED) for ISPI, Special Needs Parole and Earned Time can be found HERE 

Other Resources for Friends and Family:

Info on sending photo postcards to offenders through Flikshop can be found HERE 

A letter from Executive Director Dean Williams to the Family and Friends of the Inmate Population can be found HERE 

If you have questions or concerns regarding a loved one or need assistance from the department, you may reach our Constituent Services Office at 719-226-4569 or by email at

Video Visitation:

Information on Video Visitation Options can be found HERE  and at; please note that all individuals who will appear on the video visit must be approved visitors on the offender's visiting list. If you are not yet an approved visitor, you may obtain a copy of the visiting application on our Visiting Page.  Please see Administrative Regulation 300-01 Offender Visiting Program for additional policy information regarding video visiting. 

Service of Process:

Department of Corrections office locations are not open to the public at this time due to COVID-19, as such; we are unable to personally accept service of process of legal documents. For information on how to serve a summons and complaint on this Department, in its own name, or on any employee or officer of this Department, please review the directions found HERE 

Current Facility Operational Status:

The current facility operational status can be found HERE

Press Releases:

12/1/2020 DOC COVID-19 Response Update 

11/17/2020 DOC Inmate at the Fremont Correctional Facility Dies at the Hospital 

11/13/2020 Colorado Department of Corrections Reaches Settlement with the ACLU 

10/29/2020 CDOC Inmate from Fremont Correctional Facility Dies at Hospital 

7/13/2020 Update on DOC COVID-19 Testing

7/8/2020 Inmate and Staff Member at Buena Vista Correctional Complex Test Positive for COVID 

5/11/2020 DOC Publishes Testing Data

5/1/2020 DOC Inmate from Sterling Dies at Hospital 

4/24/2020 Initial Results from Targeted COVID-19 Testing Program at Sterling Correctional Facility

4/23/2020 Department of Corrections and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Conduct COVID-19 Testing at Sterling Correctional Facility

4/16/2020 Department of Corrections Update on Comprehensive COVID-19 Prevention and Response Efforts

4/15/2020 2 Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19 at Sterling Correctional Facility 

4/8/2020 Department of Corrections Inmate Tests Positive for COVID-19

3/27/2020- Additional Department of Corrections Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19

3/26/2020-  Department of Corrections to Implement Directives from Governor Polis Executive Order to Best Prevent COVID-19 From Entering Prisons

3/26/2020- Department of Corrections Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

3/23/2020-  Department of Corrections Provides Updates on COVID-19 Prevention Plan 

3/11/2020-Operational Changes at Colorado Department of Corrections' Facilities for Prevention of COVID-19