Visiting an Offender

Visitation by family and friends is encouraged and can be a positive influence during an inmate’s time in prison, as well as after the inmate’s release. Regular visitation assists individuals re-entering the community by helping to preserve healthy relationships with family and friends. The Department strives to make these visits comfortable and pleasant. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the visiting rules and procedures for Colorado Department of Corrections prior to visiting. Specific rules and useful information are outlined below in the "General Information and Approval Process" section. 

Visiting applications 

Ongoing visitation application:
Complete a Visitor Application and mail to the location specified under the Facility Specific Visiting Information section below.

Minor Children (any child under 18) visiting application:
A parent or guardian needs to complete a Form 300-01G Authorization for Minor Child Visitation and mail to the location specified under the Facility Specific Visiting Information section below.

One-time or infrequent visitors (i.e., one to two times per year):
Please complete a Special Visitation Application and mail to the location specified under the Facility Specific Visiting Information section below.

Please be advised: Unforeseen security problems may interfere with visiting, causing delayed, shortened, suspended or cancelled visits. This is unusual, but it does occasionally occur. Whenever possible, notice of such events will be posted on this website on the homepage under "What's New" 

The Colorado Department of Corrections is committed to ensuring equal access to and full participation in services and programs for qualified individuals with disabilities, including visitors. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is an important part of our culture and we are committed to provide reasonable accommodations when needed without causing undue hardship to the Colorado Department of Corrections.


VISITORS’ NOTICE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the Colorado Department of Corrections (hereafter referred to as “DOC”) will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

Requests for Accommodation: The DOC provides a method for visitors to request accommodations in accordance with the ADA. Administrative Regulation 100-42 governs the request process and contains the request form, which is available to visitors here and upon request. Completed requests should be submitted to the facility/office ADA coordinator at the location where they are visiting. 

Effective Communication: The DOC will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services for effective communication to qualified visitors so they can participate equally in DOC programs, services, and activities, including visitation amplification devices, accessible formatting of public materials, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures: The DOC will make all reasonable modifications to policies and procedures to ensure that visitors have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its services, programs, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in DOC facilities/offices, even where pets are generally prohibited. 

A visitor who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the DOC, should contact the facility/office ADA coordinator as soon as possible but no later than seven business days before the scheduled visit.

Complaint Procedure: Complaints that a service, program, or activity of the DOC is not accessible to visitors, or if a visitor would like to appeal the denial of a request for accommodation, he/she shall follow the complaint procedure outlined in Administrative Regulation 100-42.

The ADA does not require the DOC to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its services, programs, and activities, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden. DOC will not place a surcharge on a particular individual or group of individuals to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.

Department of Corrections Non-Discrimination Statement

As required by the Americans with Disabilities/Rehabilitation Acts (ADA), no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation or be denied the benefits of the services, activities, or programs of the Department of Corrections or be subjected to discrimination.