Jail Improvement Project

Learn about the project including how it will look, major target milestones, and the "what" and "why" this project is necessary.

The Jail Division is commanded by Undersheriff Joe Shellhammer, whose primary responsibility is to provide general management, direction and supervision to the division.

The Jail Division consists of Operations, Logistics, Projects and Compliance, and Maintenance sections.


  1. The easiest way is to search for an inmate by name.  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.

  2. 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 online.

    Cash bonds can be posted online, over the phone (1-866-232-1899), or at the kiosk in the lobby at the jail. Jail staff will not accept any money.

    Jail Facility Locator Number 280525

    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 Justice Center, 201 Laporte Ave, Fort Collins. The only type of collateral accepted is land. The court will not accept automobiles, RVs, ATVs, or any other type of property other than land. Contact the Justice Center for property bonds.

    Personal Recognizance bond means the inmate can sign on their own, without any collateral.

    Personal Recognizance with Co-Obligator requires a second individual 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.

  3. 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.  Tobacco, E-Cigarettes, and knives of any size are not allowed and will be destroyed.

    If you plan to quickly bond out after surrendering, the best time to turn yourself in is 8:30 - 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.

  4. No. Jail staff is forbidden from recommending for or against any individual bonding agent. 

  5. Yes. In some instances a person can be brought into the jail on a Detoxification Hold. Individuals brought in on this type of hold 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.

  6. 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.

  7. No, booking does not have this information readily available. Most agencies are listed on the Internet or in the phone book.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Visit our Inmate Mail and Phone Calls page for more information about receiving phone calls from someone in the Larimer County Jail.

  11. 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. If there is a protection order in place between two parties, any phone numbers associated with the protected party will be blocked.

  12. No. 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, over the phone (1-866-232-1899), or at the kiosk in the jail lobby.

  13. Yes. Approved prescription non-tinted eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aids may be left for inmates. Those must be dropped off at the front desk at the jail between 6:00 am and 11:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding county holidays. The medical department will also accept some medications and they must be in the original container. Nothing else. 

  14. Off-site visitation is offered seven days a week. Visits are initiated by inmates with no advance scheduling. Video visitation can take place off-site via almost any smart phone or internet connected PC with a webcam and microphone.  Refer to Inmate Visitation for additional information including visitation rules and a link to the visitation app.

  15. Inmate money deposits may be made 24 hours a day online, over the phone (1-866-232-1899), or at the kiosk in the jail lobby. 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.
    Jail Facility Locator Number 280525

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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. General hygiene items are provided to all inmates. A variety of additional items, such as snacks and specialty hygiene items are available for purchase through commissary. 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. 

  19. No. Due to privacy requirements (HIPAA) no medical information will be given to callers.

  20. 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 online or by calling (888) 263-8463. Additional information regarding this service can be obtained from your victim advocate.

  21. Yes, there are many programs inmates can participate in to help improve themselves 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 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 inmate.  Through a structured process 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. 

    Inmates are 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.

    Educational Classes: Depending on an inmates' area of interest, trade school courses are available on an inmates' tablet. 

    Stone Soup Group: A community-based collective of helper and healer organizations, to include peers, focusing on an inmates' re-entry into society. 

  22. If an inmate is being transferred to DOC and has property they cannot take with them, they can either have someone pick it up for them or opt to have it destroyed. If you would like to pick up an inmate's property, please come to the Jail front desk between 6:00am and 11:00pm Monday-Friday. 

Larimer County Jail

2405 Midpoint Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 498-5200
(970) 407-9034 fax