Custer County Jail – Westcliffe, CO

Custer County Jail is located in Custer County and is the correctional facility for the area. Do you know somebody locked up in Custer County Jail? This page tells you info about everything related to Custer County Jail,such as: How to locate an inmate at Custer County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much, much more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and stressfull idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer information that you need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that would be a benefit to others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Custer County Jail
702 Rosita Avenue
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 719-783-2270
Fax:

Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is locked up and want to find out where they are?

Do you know a friend or family member who has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To find out who’s in jail at Custer County Jail you have to click on their link and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Custer County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you can find the same information on anybody arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information faster if you enter your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for may be in another county jail you can look here: List of all jails in Colorado


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photo, is the photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one face photo and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they will be stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Custer County Jail prisoners can be viewed on the website, or you can go in person to the Custer County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to put in their legal name, and an arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot removed from the Custer County Jail site? This can be tricky, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After booking, a bail amount is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to promise to be there for your court date, and until that date you are required not to leave the county.

In most cases, a prisoner can earn time off for good behavior when they follow 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 either have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount all depends on the seriousness of your charges. You will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set before you can be released. If you miss court, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but most of the time, it is really easy. First of all, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in these cases ask to use your personal assets as collateral.

To talk to a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to find a bondsman either for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how things turned out.

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Bail Schedule

In Colorado your bail is already set by by the Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado, but keep in mind, though, the magistrate or judge has the ultimate say on how high your bail is set. The bail schedule contains all of the crimes included in Colorado and the exact bail you will have to pay for each one.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure includes these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will answer some simple questions, like your full name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. This process will take anywhere from 30 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve got a bond amount or if a judge needs to determine your bail amount. For minor charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and have a date of your release, plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if so, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Only bring required items when you turn yourself in, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will go into the visitation log as an approved visitor. Each and every visitor has to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures are always changing, so you should review the official jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely.

The Custer County Jail phone number is: 719-783-2270

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent via US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You should write or type the name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a package or box, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail gets opened and examined by the jail administration, and will be sent back if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Custer County Jail is:

Custer County Jail
702 Rosita Avenue
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Custer County Jail
702 Rosita Avenue
Westcliffe, CO 81252


The inmate mail policy at Custer County Jail changes, so be sure to visit the the Custer County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you have a friend or relative find a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate through the complicated legal system. The sooner you get an attorney working on your criminal case, the better your chances.

To read more about the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click here: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office is staffed by independent investigators, forensics experts and social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who are admitted to the Colorado State Bar Association and are legally licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records contain a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all documents and motions filed during your court case. You can access your court case records with the online service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records associated with your court case are available at the Custer County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Custer County magistrate acts as the judge who presides over your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, like deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be gathered from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and in some cases the victim. Be sure to remember that you should request to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report before you are sentenced, and go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could receive a date 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 someone is incarcerated in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, just query the jail’s website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you can check the court records on the Custer County court website or you are able to call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and their arrest date, contact the Custer County jail, either by phone, in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, which can be , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but you should know that you will not see the precise address, just the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file that includes a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected so you can track criminal convictions from any other state. Go to the Custer County Courthouse and check in person, or check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if it was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, usually won’t be able to find out if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Custer County,the Custer County Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

    Custer County Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Custer County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00am, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. After breakfast, participate in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. 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 Custer 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 Custer 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 can change, so we suggest that you review the official Custer County Jail site when 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 Custer County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Custer 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 Custer 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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims 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 at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If you have, then you should tell us about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people will know what to expect.

    Things you might want to put in your review:

    • Conditions in Custer County Jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Are you trying to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Write your message below.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Custer County Jail Website
    Custer County Jail Inmate Search
    View Custer County Jail Mugshots
    Custer County Jail Bail Link

    Colorado Bail Schedule

    Custer County Jail Visitation Procedures
    Custer County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Custer County Jail Inmate Search
    Custer County Warrant Lookup
    Custer County Jail Arrests
    Send Money to an Inmate at Custer County Jail
    Custer County Jail Employment


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