Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find out if someone is in jail?
The easiest way is to look an inmate up by name at http://larimer.org/sheriff/inmate/. You may also call (970) 498-5200 and ask if a specific person is in jail. By state law, the identity of persons in jail is public information.
How do I bail someone out of jail?
Bonds can be posted 24 hours a day. There are different types of bonds. If you don't know the inmate's type of bond you can look them up at http://larimer.org/sheriff/inmate/.
Cash bonds can be posted online at https://tponlinepay.com/portal/ , over the phone (1-866-232-1899) or at the kiosk in the lobby at the jail. Jail staff will not accept any money.
Surety bonds are business transactions between you and a bonding agent. Jail staff can not recommend any individual bonding agent. A list from the telephone directory is posted in the lobby of the jail for your convenience. Information on bonds persons is also available on-line through various sources.
Property bonds are completed at the courthouse. The only type of collateral accepted is land. The court will not accept automobiles, RVs, ATVs, or any other type property other than land. Contact the court house for property bonds.
Personal Recognizance bonds are where the inmate can sign on their own, without any collateral.
Personal Recognizance with Co-Obligator is when a second individual is required to sign on the bond with the inmate. No collateral is necessary upon signing the bond, however if the inmate fails to appear you will be financially responsible for the amount indicated on the bond. These bonds must be completed in person at the jail.
During busy times, it may take several hours for an inmate to be processed and released.
How do I turn myself in for an active warrant?
Arrive at the jail lobby and speak with staff. You can help expedite this process in many ways. Arrive at the jail sober, bring a government issued ID, court documents, cash (for bonding purposes), medications in original bottle, eye glasses or contacts, and as little personal property as possible. Outside books or electronics are not allowed. Smoking is not allowed.
The best time to turn yourself in on a warrant that you are planning on quickly bonding out on is around 8:30 or 9:00 am. Booking does not accept checks as payment, so it is best to bring cash. Credit cards are accepted, but additional fees apply.
Can you recommend a bonding agent?
No. Jail staff is forbidden from recommending for or against any individual bonding agent. All of the listings from the telephone directory are posted in the lobby of the jail for your convenience.
Can someone be in jail without being charged with or accused of a crime?
Yes. In some instances a person can be brought into the Jail on a Detoxification Hold or a Mental Health Hold. Individuals brought in on such holds are not considered under arrest, but statutorily can be held in the jail as a last resort and only for a short period of time.
How long does it take for a person to be processed and released from jail?
That depends on how many other people are being arrested and released during that same time period. Before an inmate can be properly booked and released, they must be cooperative with deputies. Arrestees who are combative are placed in holding cells until they choose to cooperate. Evenings, weekends and holidays are traditionally the busiest times for the booking unit.
Can booking provide me with contact information for the arresting agency of an inmate?
No, booking does not have this information readily available. Most agencies are listed on the Internet or in the phone book.
Can I call an inmate in jail?
No. Inmates can call out, but incoming calls to inmates are not allowed. If you are trying to get someone bonded out from booking, you may call (970) 498-5200 and speak to a staff member. Staff will not pass messages to inmates.
How can I stop an inmate from calling me?
If you receive an unwanted call from an inmate, follow the directions through the automated telephone system to put a phone block in place. The phone block stops all calls from inmates at the jail. If you have further problems or cannot initiate the block, you may call (970) 498-5200 and ask a staff member for assistance.
I am unable to receive collect calls. How can I get calls from someone in jail?
Many telephone companies are not set up to allow you to receive collect calls. The current inmate telephone system vendor for the Jail, Inmate Calling Solutions, allows an initial one minute free call. At the end of that call, you are directed on how to set up a prepaid account that allows you to receive collect calls from inmates. That account is only valid on a single telephone line or number.
|Inmate Calling Solutions Conatct Information||Toll Free Number|
|Prepaid Collect Service Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Debit Account Service Center||888-888-8413||N/A|
|Local Telephone Bill Questionsemail@example.com|
An inmate has advised me that he or she is having trouble making calls to me. Why is this happening?
Either you cannot receive collect calls on that line and you don’t have a prepaid account set up, or you may have your telephone forwarded. Forwarded calls are not allowed for inmates. Additionally, inmates are not allowed to participate in three-way calls. If you attempt to initiate a three-way call, you will be disconnected.
How do I write a letter to an inmate?
You may write an inmate by addressing the letter to the inmate at 2405 Midpoint Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525. Include your return name and address, but do not include other writing on the envelope. You may send family pictures to the inmate, but no nude or explicit photos are allowed. Anything deemed contraband will be confiscated and may be destroyed. You cannot drop off bibles or medallions for inmates. You may purchase books and have them sent to the Jail ONLY if sent directly by the publisher or Amazon.com. Inmates MUST comply with Jail policy to ensure no more than the allotted number of books are in a cell.
Can I mail things other than letters to an inmate?
No. Other items will be returned to the sender. Inmates are allowed to purchase additional hygiene or comfort items through the commissary. You can deposit money in their inmate account for such purchases. You can do this online at https://tponlinepay.com/portal/ , over the phone (1-866-232-1899) or at the kiosk in the lobby at the jail .
Are there any other personal items that can be left for an inmate?
Yes. Approved prescription non-tinted eyeglasses or contacts may be left for inmates. Those must be dropped off at the front desk at the Jail between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding county holidays. The medical department will also accept some medications and they must be in the original container. Nothing else.
When is inmate visitation?
Visitation days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Visits must be arranged in advance. A limited number of visitation slots are available. Refer to Inmate Visitation for additional information including visitation rules and hours, and also to schedule an inmate visitation through email.
How do I deposit money for an inmate to purchase commissary?
Inmate money deposits may be made 24 hours a day online at https://tponlinepay.com/portal/ , over the phone (1-866-232-1899) or at the kiosk in the lobby at the jail. The internet and phone deposit process will accept credit and debit card deposits only while the lobby kiosk will also accept cash deposits in addition to credit and debit card deposits. There is an administrative fee associated with all credit and debit card deposits. Checks will NOT be accepted. If a check is mailed to an inmate, the check will be returned or placed in the inmate’s property, but not deposited into their account.
Can I find out when an inmate is being transferred to another facility?
No. For security reasons inmates will not be advised when moves to other facilities will occur, nor will this information be provided to outside individuals. After an inmate has transferred, they may call friends and family to advise them of the move.
What happens to inmate account moneys?
Inmates are allowed to use the money in their inmate account to purchase commissary items, pay booking and bonding fees, and pay for certain medical services, etc. They cannot share commissary or other property with other inmates. If they still have money in their account upon release, they will receive a check for the balance. If they have a negative balance upon release and do not pay the balance in a reasonable time, the amount may be sent to collections.
Is there an ATM available at the Jail?
Yes. One is available in the lobby.
Do inmates need money for incarceration?
Yes and No. There are several reasons inmates may request family to provide funds. The two primary reasons inmates request money are for bonding and commissary. Commissary is optional. Inmates are provided three meals a day, free of charge. Many inmates enhance their diet with commissary items. General hygiene items are provided to all inmates. Many inmates enhance their hygiene options with commissary items. An inmate can also incur a number of fees, depending on their needs. Every inmate not on a WRIT is charged a $30 booking fee. There is also a $10 bonding fee for each case. Medical charges co-pay for services and programs charge various fees for a variety of services including notary and haircuts.
If an inmate is indigent, they can receive many services free of charge. No inmate is denied medical treatment, regardless of financial status. An electronic accounting system tracks all unpaid debts for future collection of funds.
How can I get information about the medical condition/medications for the inmate?
You can't. Due to privacy requirements (HIPAA) no medical information will be given to callers.
As the victim of a crime how can I be notified of an inmate's release from custody?
We make victim notification of release or transfer of an inmate via the V.I.N.E. system (Victim Information and Notification Everyday). You can enroll in this automated system via the internet at www.vinelink.com or by calling (888) 263-8463. Additional information regarding this service can be obtained from your victim advocate.
Are there any programs to improve the lives of inmates?
Yes, there are many programs inmates can participate in to help them improve them self and increase their post-incarceration success. Two programs that have been very popular and successful are:
Citizen's Improvement Program
This program was put in place for the inmates to earn extra good time. The program allows the inmate to get credit for attending specific programs such as AA, NA, one church service or bible study, life skills classes, GED, and Transformations. Once the inmate has attended five classes they must submit the class attendance, signed off by a staff member along with a one page essay of how the classes that they attended will help them to become a productive and successful citizen.
Transformations and Choices
Transformations and Choices is a 40 hour class that begins with a commitment to change on the part of the inmates. Through a structured process the inmates are required to go from the surface of their problems to the root, confront their distorted thinking, and open their minds to new and healthier thought processes.
The inmates were required to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is the premier instrument for understanding our personalities and how and why we do what we do. Once the MBTI was scored and analyzed, they were presented with personalized interpretations. The MBTI was explained in context with how certain types can be pre disposed to certain behaviors. The MBTI is used in context with other elements of behaviors; they are: pre-disposition, filters, attitudes, conflict style, early life role models, conditioning, and past experience etc. These elements contribute to the current life scenario they are living out today.
They were continually challenged on their current beliefs and had to complete several home work assignments. These assignments forced them to look inward at the issues that had caused them barriers to success. Once their issues had been identified, they went through a physical ceremony of “letting go” of their negative past issues and start living in the present in a new reality, as men of honesty, integrity, character, and maturity.
Through intense analyzing of their MBTI type offers them new ways to interact with others, whether facing a life in prison or back in the community. Understanding why they do what they do allows them to make conscious changes to future choices they will have to make. It also allows them to avoid situations they are now aware of that will inherently cause them difficulties based upon their past patterning and their MBTI type.
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