Jail and Inmate Search in Colorado

Currently, the state has a jail and prison population of 31,828. Colorado’s Department of Corrections maintains the database of all prisoners incarcerated in the state. Along with those in prison, there are also 80,740 people on probation and another 10.186 out on parole. 4,133 staff members run the prisons and jails operating on an annual budget of $922,000,000. The majority imprisoned in CO are white males, with some Hispanic, African Americans, Native Americans and Asians as well. The majority are 30-39 years old. 11,608 are there because of violent offenses. Most of the population is made up of new arrivals and a small number of returns.

What are CO Jail Records?

Colorado jail inmate search records are documents that are kept and maintained from the time someone commits a crime until they are released from prison. They may include everything from the initial RAP sheet, created by local law enforcement, to court documents, prison admittance paperwork, mug shots and everything else that pertains to that person while in the state penal system. Jail records are kept in an online database and updated frequently. Many of the documents are public records and you can search it with add of Colorado prison inmate search.

How to Perform Colorado Inmate Lookup

CO makes it very easy for you to search for an inmate and locate someone held in a prison or jail facility within the state. You can use their inmate locator tool and type in the person’s last name to see a list of results. If you know their inmate number, even better, that will bring you directly to them. Once you click on a person from the list, you can see details including their name, age, gender and eye color, height, weight, where they are being held and their dates of parole or probation. You can even view information about their crimes via Colorado inmate search online.

Creating Public Jail Records

The CO Department of Corrections manages jail records, and they begin when someone is arrested. The arresting law enforcement agency opens a file and starts the documentation. That rec-ord is then updated as the criminal progresses through the justice system. Everything from mug shots, the original RAP sheet, court documents and prison records are kept in the file so they can have a complete profile of each inmate. The state jail records are updated daily with new information as events take place that affects the prisoner.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

Colorado Imprisonment Rate
Colorado Imprisonment Rate: 383
Prison Population
Prison Population: 19,862
Probation Population
Probation Population: 78,810
Parole Population
Parole Population: 9,953
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate: Black : White Ratio - 7.3 : 1 Hispanic : White Ratio - 2.3 : 1
Juvenile Custody Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000): 177
Disenfranchised Population
Disenfranchised Population: 30,946 (0.74%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Disenfranchised African Americans: 5,858 (3.39%)
Corrections Expenditures
Corrections Expenditures (in millions): 869

Colorado Prisoner Statistics by Gender

The number of Colorado prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 19,981, that saw a 0.3% decrease compared to the previous year. Females made up 9.5% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 18,078 in 2016.

5 States with More Female Prisoners than Colorado

State Number of Female prisoners

5 States with More Male Prisoners than Colorado

State Number of Male prisoners
New York48,442

The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years

Number of Male Prisoners
Number of Female Prisoners
Change in Number of Male Prisoners
Change in Number of Female Prisoners

The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016

The prison population of Colorado is 19,981 inmates, that is 12.5% lower than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Colorado was in 2008, when the number of prisoners was 23,274 inmates.

Colorado Parole Population

Colorado parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 9,953 people, 236 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 233 people more compared to the previous year, which has increased by 2.3%.

Paroles per 100.000 population

Parole Total Population in Colorado

Parole Entries & Exits

Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number


Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents

Increased by

Adults entering parole, by type of entry

Type of Parole Entry Number of Parolees
Mandatory: 3,305
Discretionary: 2,727
Reinstatement: 1,475
Term of supervised release: 0
Other: 150
Unknown or not reported: 0

Colorado Prisons

The state has 61 county jails in 64 towns around the state. In those jails, they house an inmate population of 11,660. CO maintains another 23 prisons with a population of 20,168. The state operates with a budget of $922 million per year and 4,133 employees. The state community corrections system also has 8,940 people on parole and another 38,536 under probation. Based on one hundred thousand residents, the state has an incarceration rate of 356, a property crime rate of 2,741 and a violent crime rate of 343. It costs CO $30,374 to house each inmate for one year. 

Private Facilities and Prisons

There is one private facility and 13 private prisons in the state, compared to the national statistics, the state counts a share of 7.2% of all the prisons found in the US territory.

Federal Prisons located in Colorado

Prison Name Prison Type
Englewood FCI Federal Prison
Florence ADMAX USPFederal Prison
Florence - High USPFederal Prison
Florence FCIFederal Prison