Ouray County Jail – Ouray, CO

Ouray County Jail is located in Ouray County and is the jail for that area. Know someone locked up in Ouray County Jail? This site tells you information about everything a person needs to know about Ouray County Jail: How to locate an inmate at Ouray County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you advice and information that you need to make the process a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that could be beneficial to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Ouray County Jail
541 4Th Street
Ouray, CO 81427

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 970-325-7272
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To find out who’s in jail at Ouray County Jail you have to visit their web site and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Ouray County Jail Inmate Search is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including current status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can get information for anybody who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate the information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the inmate you are looking for may be in a different jail you can look here, too: Other Jails in Colorado


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is the photograph that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a side photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found online, or you can view them at the Ouray County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will need to input the inmate’s legal name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Ouray County Jail site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, a bail amount will be set by a special judge called a magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until then you are required not to travel out of the county.

Typically, an inmate will be given time off for good behavior when they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to go back to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you may get to move to a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the seriousness of your crime. You will have to post 10 percent of the total amount set in order for you to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail have to call the Ouray County Jail or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Ouray County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but in some cases, its really easy if you have the money. To start with, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If this is the case, you can’t use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take checks. Once the cash bond has been paid, the prisoner will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should use a bail bondsman. They generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail is extremely high, the bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In the state of Colorado bail amounts are set by the Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado, but the judge or magistrate has the last word on where your bail is set. The Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado includes all of the crimes included in state law and the specific bail amount for each crime.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You have to answer some questions, like your full name, your address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will let you use the phone in order to talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get discharged. Also, it will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a bond amount or if a magistrate has to figure out how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to get discharged in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and let them know that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if you do, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates need to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be put in the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each visitor has to provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Ouray County Jail visitation procedures are always changing, so it would be wise to double-check the official jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are much pricier than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the rules and are disciplined, phone privileges may be limited or eliminated altogether.

Phone Number: 970-325-7272

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You should write the name, inmate number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Do not send anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail received by the jail will be opened and read and examined by staff, and will get sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Ouray County Jail:

Ouray County Jail
541 4Th Street
Ouray, CO 81427

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Ouray County Jail
541 4Th Street
Ouray, CO 81427


The mail policy changes often, so you should visit the the Ouray County Jail website when you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is important to have a friend or family member find an attorney for you. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you find your way through the court system that you are now faced with. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on this subject, click: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the Colorado State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are public records. They have a court case file with a docket sheet and every documents and motions that have been filed. You can access your court case records with the Ouray County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for all court participants, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents associated with your court case are maintained at the Ouray County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Ouray County court magistrate is the judge that presides on your case. Magistrates do a number of things, such as setting bail, issuing warrants for arrest, and presiding over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about your background and information about the defendant’s life history, which the judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and, if applicable, the victim. Keep in mind you can ask to get a copy of the report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is incarcerated, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can just query the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants online or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to get the exact address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file containing a docket and any filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access the court records on the website, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from other states. You can go to the Ouray County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases won’t discover if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Ouray County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Ouray County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: External Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Ouray County jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the daily routine. You will get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6am, and then roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Ouray County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Ouray County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to inmates could change, so it would be best to review the official Ouray County Jail site before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Ouray County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Ouray County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Ouray County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner in Ouray County Jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit someone at this jail?

    If so, then please write a review about it. Tell us about your experience so others can find out what to expect.

    Things you could write in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. How’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Ouray County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to say wassup to someone you met in jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Ouray County Jail Website
    Ouray County Jail Inmate Search
    Ouray County Jail Mugshots
    Ouray County Jail Bail Amount Link

    CO Bail Schedule

    Ouray County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Ouray County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Ouray County Jail Inmate Search
    Ouray County Warrants
    Ouray County Jail Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Ouray County Jail
    Ouray County Jail Employment


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