Routt County Jail – Steamboat Springs, CO

Routt County Jail is located in Routt County, CO and is the correctional facility for this area. Do you know someone locked up at Routt County Jail? This guide tells you info about anything you might need to know about Routt County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Routt County court information. And much more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you information and advice that you’ll need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask it, and any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to others is much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Routt County Jail
2025 Shield Drive
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 970-870-5509
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to contact them?

Has somebody who has been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to search who is in jail at Routt County Jail you will have to go to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Routt County Jail Inmate Locator has information on people who are in jail, which includes status, bail amount (if applicable), and times you can visit. Also, you can get information for anyone arrested and booked or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their arrest information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be locked up at a different jail you should check our guide to other Colorado jails: List of all county jails in Colorado


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is a picture that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one and a profile picture. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the Routt County Jail website, or you can see them at the Routt County Jail. When viewing online you need to input the person’s legal name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot removed from the Routt County Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

To learn more about getting your mugshot removed, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re in jail, your only thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail amount is determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be released, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you must promise to show up for court, and you will not be permitted to leave the area.

Usually, a prisoner are given early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you may get to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You will have to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, that person will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will need to call the jail. If know the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it’s very simple to do. To start with, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and sometimes have a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in these cases require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

You can find a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Bail Schedule

In Colorado the amount of bail you pay is predetermined by by the Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado, but keep in mind that the magistrate or judge has the last word on how high your bail is set. The bail schedule includes all of the crimes defined by state law and the specific bail amount for each of the crimes.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a number of questions, like your full name, street address, birth date and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will get to use the phone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, they will let you keep wearing street clothes, if not you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be discharged from jail. This process can take between 15 minutes to all day. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you can get released from jail. It also depends on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if the magistrate must decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a release date, you should plan to get discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think there may be 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 they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate need to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered into a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Each and every visitor will have to provide proof of identification. Visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so it would be wise to review the official site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Routt County Jail phone number is: 970-870-5509

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not send a box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail gets opened and reviewed by the jail officers, and the mail will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Routt County Jail
2025 Shield Drive
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Routt County Jail
2025 Shield Drive
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487


The Routt County Jail inmate mail policy changes often, so check the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system in your county. The sooner you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, read: How to Find an Attorney in Routt County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers that are admitted to the Colorado State Bar Association and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records have a court case file with a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Routt County Clerk of Court is a member of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All court records from your court case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the charges from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Routt County magistrate is the person that rules over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do many different things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the defendant’s background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be gathered from the defendant, their family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you can request to see your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, and review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, 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 even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out just visit the Routt County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can access court records on the Routt County court website or call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Routt County jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. An arrest is a matter of public record and this information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access this information on the internet, but remember that you will not find the precise address, but only the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that contains a docket and all of the documents filed in your case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive 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 these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, usually will not be able to find out if someone has had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Did you search online or did you have to call the Routt County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Routt County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List

    Routt County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Routt County jail is no fun, eventually you will get accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will 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 Routt 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 Routt 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 rules for sending money to inmates at Routt County Jail might change, so it would be best to double check the site before you send money to an inmate.

    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 Routt County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Routt 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 Routt County Jail

    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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 in Routt County Jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Routt County Jail?

    If so, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

    What to put in your comment:

    • Conditions in Routt County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

    Tell Your Story About Routt County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to reconnect with a friend from jail? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

    Say Hello to people still locked up at Routt County Jail

    Links and Resources

    Main Routt County Jail Link
    Routt County Jail Inmate Search
    Routt County Jail Mugshots
    Routt County Jail Bail Link

    CO Bail Schedule

    Routt County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Routt County Jail Jail Mail Policy Link
    Routt County Jail Inmate Search
    Routt County Jail Warrant Inquiry
    Routt County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Money to an Inmate at Routt County Jail
    Routt County Jail Jobs


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