Rio Grande County Jail – Del Norte, CO

Rio Grande County Jail is located in Rio Grande County, CO and is the primary jail for the region. Are you looking for someone at Rio Grande County Jail? This site tells you information about anything related to Rio Grande County Jail: Find out who’s in jail at Rio Grande County Jail? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information. And lots more.

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to give information that you’ll need to make the process less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that would be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Rio Grande County Jail
640 Cherry Street
Del Norte, CO 81132

Phone Number and Fax Number

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Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and don’t know how to contact them?

Has somebody that’s been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

In order to search who’s in jail at Rio Grande County Jail you need to go to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Rio Grande County Jail Inmate Search is a list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and times you can visit. Also, you are able to get information for anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information faster if you have your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for is in another jail you will want to check the other Colorado county jails in our Colorado County Jail Guide: List of all jails in Colorado


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake photograph, is a photograph that the police take when you get booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a side-view photo. Your full name and intake number will be on the mugshot, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Rio Grande County Jail inmates can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Rio Grande County Jail. When viewing online you will need to enter the person’s full name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Rio Grande County Jail website? This is difficult, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your primary thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be determined by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are are released you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until then you are not permitted to leave the county.

Typically, an inmate will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. You will be required to go back to the jail each day when you’re finished working, or you may have the chance to sleep in a halfway house instead of the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the court system to get out of jail until your trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was determined so you are able to be released. If you don’t go to your court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is very simple to do. First, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you will not be able to use a bail bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take a check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman might use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Rio Grande County

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Bail Schedule

In Colorado your bail is predetermined by by the Guide to Bail Bonds in Colorado, but keep in mind that the magistrate or judge has the final say on how high your bail is set. The bail schedule contains all crimes included in state law and the specific bail you will have to pay for each crime.

Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, have to answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process may take anywhere between 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get discharged. It also can depend on if you have a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a discharge date, you should plan to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

warrant out for your arrest, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the law and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail intake area, and tell an officer that you think there may be an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates must list each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will go into a log of approved visitors as an authorized visitor. Each visitor has to provide identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so we suggest that you double-check the official Rio Grande County Jail jail site before go to the jail to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are typically more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls could be reduced or cut altogether.

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Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be mailed using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other type of delivery. You must write the person’s name, inmate number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and reviewed by the jail officers, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Rio Grande County Jail is:

Rio Grande County Jail
640 Cherry Street
Del Norte, CO 81132

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Rio Grande County Jail
640 Cherry Street
Del Norte, CO 81132


The Rio Grande County Jail inmate mail policy is always changing, so check the the Rio Grande County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘do I really need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the criminal justice system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

For more information about how to find an attorney, read our guide: How to Find an Attorney in Rio Grande County

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, a Public Defender will be assigned to you. Also, the Public Defender is staffed by private investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide 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? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

Rio Grande County court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records have a file with a docket sheet and all motions, documents, and evidence filed in the case. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All court records relating to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

The Rio Grande County court magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your court case. Magistrate judges do different tasks, such as deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and, if applicable, the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember you are allowed to request to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if someone is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

To do so, you will have to visit the jail’s website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check court records on the Rio Grande County court website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should be clear that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Rio Grande County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to see this information on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to get the precise address, just the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a case file that includes a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Rio Grande County Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of a person’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. You are able to go to the Rio Grande County Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive 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 any crimes, which can include:

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

If you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t find out if someone has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving history.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it easy? Did you search online or did you have to call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your feedback may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Rio Grande County,The Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in Rio Grande County Jail is very scary, in time you will get used to the daily routine there. You should expect an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will work 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 Rio Grande 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 Rio Grande 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 procedure to send money to Rio Grande County Jail inmates is always changing, so be sure to double check the official Rio Grande 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 Rio Grande County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Rio Grande 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 Rio Grande 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you know anybody that spent time there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Rio Grande County Jail?

    If your answer is yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you can include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has a story about it. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was day to day life at Rio Grande County Jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to throw a shout out to a person you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

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