Rio Blanco County Detention Center – Meeker, CO

Rio Blanco County Detention Center is in Rio Blanco County, CO and is the correctional facility for that area. Looking for someone in Rio Blanco County Detention Center? This page will tell you all about anything a person needs to know about Rio Blanco County Detention Centersuch as the following: How to do a jail inmate search. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their friends and family. This guide is designed to offer advice and information that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and any comments or tips that might help others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Rio Blanco County Detention Center
555 Main St
Meeker, CO 81641

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (970) 878-9550
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to locate them?

Has somebody that has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To find out who’s in jail at Rio Blanco County Detention Center you should navigate to their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Rio Blanco County Detention Center Inmate Locator has information on persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find the same information about anyone booked or released in the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to find their inmate information fast if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or family member may be at a different jail you can check the other Colorado county jails in our Colorado County Jail Guide: Colorado County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the photograph that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side photo. Your name and jail ID number will appear on the pictures, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Rio Blanco County Detention Center inmates can be viewed on the Rio Blanco County Detention Center website, or you can see them in person at the Rio Blanco County Detention Center. When viewing online you need to enter the prisoner’s first and last name, and a booking date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot removed from the Rio Blanco County Detention Center site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are locked up, your primary thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must agree to show up for court, and until then you can’t go out of town.

Usually, prisoners can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they’re in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will be required to stay the jail at the end of the day after work, or you may be allowed to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount you will have to pay is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was determined in order for you to get discharged from jail. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail 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 must call the Rio Blanco County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, its really easy. First of all, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t take a check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the inmate will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will in these cases use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Rio Blanco County

Have you ever hired a Bail Bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how things turned out.

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Bail Schedule

In the state of Colorado your bail is predetermined by by the Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado, but keep in mind, though, the magistrate or judge has the final say on how high your bail is set. The bail schedule lists every crime included in state law and the specific bail you will have to pay for each crime.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some basic questions, such as what is your full name, home address, date of birth and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will get to use the telephone so you can contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

Have you ever been booked into jail? If you have, you should tell your story so other people can learn from your experience. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Do you have any things that might help other people that get arrested make it through the process?

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged will take anywhere from 10 minutes to all day long. In other words the faster you can post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. Also, it depends on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a judge has to determine how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and have a date of your release, you should expect to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think there is an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to list information about each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s information will be put into a log of visitors for the requesting inmate. Each visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be able to attend visitation.
The Rio Blanco County Detention Center visitation procedures are always changing, so visit the official Rio Blanco County Detention Center jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are typically more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls may be limited or totally denied.

The Rio Blanco County Detention Center phone number is: (970) 878-9550

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the person’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail will be opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Rio Blanco County Detention Center:

Rio Blanco County Detention Center
555 Main St
Meeker, CO 81641

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Rio Blanco County Detention Center
555 Main St
Meeker, CO 81641


The inmate mail policy at Rio Blanco County Detention Center changes frequently, so review the official Rio Blanco County Detention Center site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate an attorney when you call. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on how to find an attorney, read our guide: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. Public Defenders are licensed attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are legally licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They contain a case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages the records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records related to your case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the judge that rules over your case. They do different functions, like setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Be sure to remember you can request to get your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, you will have to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the court records on the Rio Blanco County court website or you can call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Rio Blanco County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view these offenders on the internet, but remember that you can’t see the precise address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that contains a court docket and all of the documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to the Rio Blanco County Courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses such as possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you will not be able to find out if someone has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this kind of information, you have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your comments could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Rio Blanco County,the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Rio Blanco County Detention Center is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. All inmates get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Rio Blanco County Detention Center, 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 Rio Blanco County Detention Center 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 rules for sending funds to someone in jail could change, so we suggest that you visit the official Rio Blanco County Detention Center site before you send any funds.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Rio Blanco County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Rio Blanco County Detention Center, 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 Rio Blanco County Detention Center

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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 an inmate at Rio Blanco County Detention Center? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Rio Blanco County Detention Center?

    If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write about your experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Conditions in Rio Blanco County Detention Center.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story to tell. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? What happened to you while you were locked up? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Click here to tell your story about Rio Blanco County Detention Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Want to throw a shout out to a person you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Rio Blanco County Detention Center Website
    Rio Blanco County Detention Center Inmate Search
    View Rio Blanco County Detention Center Mugshots
    Rio Blanco County Detention Center Bail Amount Link

    Colorado Bail Schedule

    Rio Blanco County Detention Center Visitation
    Rio Blanco County Detention Center Jail Mail Policy Link
    Rio Blanco County Detention Center Inmate Search
    Rio Blanco County Detention Center Warrant Inquiry
    Rio Blanco County Detention Center Arrest Lookup
    Rio Blanco County Detention Center Send Money Procedure
    Rio Blanco County Detention Center Employment


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