Booking Information & Bond Definitions

Booking Information

To see if someone is in the Boulder County Jail and what their charge(s) are go to Jail Listing and Daily Booking Reports.

To find out what type of bond is required for a particular individual call jail booking at 303-441-4650.

Booking & Bond Fees

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office charges a $30.00 booking fee in addition to a $10 Bond fee for each individual bond.

To place money on an inmates account: for bonding purposes, commissary purchases or to pay debts that may have occurred while in the jail go to:

To place money on an inmates phone account call: Inmate Calling Solutions (ICS) at 1-888-506-8407.


Bond Definitions

Bond
A bond is set according to a Judge; Court ordered warrant or a Bond Commissioner. The purpose of the bond is to assure an individuals appearance in court. The amount of the bond is what it will take to release an individual from jail.

Bond Commissioner
Are agents of the court that, in some cases, may set Bonds for new arrestees before they appear in front of a judge.

Cash Bond
A cash amount is paid by the defendant to cover the total cost of the bond. This can be paid in the form of cash, a money order, a credit card or bank checks. Personal checks are not accepted. There is an attached fee to post a cash bond.

Co-Signed Personal Recognizance Bond
A dollar amount of the bond is established, however a person other than the defendant has to sign the bond promising that the defendant will appear for their future court dates. The "co-signer" must be approved through the courts or Bond Commissioners. The "co-signer" is also responsible for paying the cash amount of the bond in the event that the defendant fails to appear in court.

No Bond
A defendant does not qualify for a Bond until seen by a judge. In most cases this should happen within 48 hours of the arrest.

Personal Recognizance Bond (PR)
A dollar amount of the bond is established, however the defendant only has to sign the bond promising to appear on the future court dates. The defendant must have a mailing address and be approved through the courts or Bond Commissioners.

Property Bond
This type of bond requires the courts approval. The defendant or family, friends, etc. must post property with the court that is of greater value than the bond. The courts would retain legal title to the property and could sell it in the event the defendant fails to appear in court.

Surety Bond
The defendant or family, friends, etc. must contact a professional Bail Bondsman to post the bond. The Bondsman has an attached fee for their services and usually requires some type of collateral. Their fee is generally 15% and they usually require a minimum fee to provide the service. The Bondsmen are registered through the state and we maintain a list of unacceptable Bondsman who have defaulted on their bonds. Staff members will not recommend a bondsman.

Other Definitions

Book and Release
The arresting officer can make a determination that the defendant can be released after they are booked. This usually occurs with misdemeanor offenders; however, can be done with some felonies.

KIOSK
A small, self-standing structure located in the jail lobby or alternative sentencing building. The kiosk allows you to place money on an inmate’s account by using cash or a credit card. There is a fee associated with using the kiosk.

Municipal Writ Of Execution
The court requires that the defendant pay a cash fine or remain in jail until the cost of the fine is worked off. The defendant receives $50.00 a day credit towards the fine for each day they are in custody.

Professional Bail Bondsman
A bail bond agent, or bondsman, is any person or corporation, which will act as a surety and pledge money or property as bail for the appearance of a criminal defendant in court.

Sentences
The defendant is released upon completion of his required amount of time of incarceration. The courts often modify a sentence so releases may occur earlier.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out if someone is in jail?
You may call 303-441-4650 and ask if a specific person is in jail. By state law, the identities of persons in jail is public information or go to: Jail Listing and Daily Booking Reports

How do I bail someone out of jail?
You may either post the full bond personally or contact a licensed bonding agent who will post the full bond for a non-refundable fee. Bonding is done 24-hours a day in the lobby of the Jail.

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 Yellow Pages of the phone book.

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. Normally, persons can be processed and released within 4-6 hours.

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 303-441-4650 and speak to a staff member.

How can I stop an inmate from calling me?
If you receive an unwanted call from an inmate, you can place a block on your phone number. The phone block stops all calls from inmates at the jail. If you want to initiate a phone block, you may call 303-441-4687 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, (1-888-506-8407) 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.

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 3200 Airport Rd. Boulder, CO 80301. 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 www.amazon.com Inmates MUST comply with Jail policy to ensure no more than the allotted numbers 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.

When is inmate visitation?
Visits must be arranged 24 hours in advance. A limited number of visitation slots are available. To set up an inmate visitation call 303-441-4600. If you have been incarcerated in any jail within the last 90 days you will not be allowed to visit. More about visitation.

How do I deposit money for an inmate to purchase commissary?
The accepted forms are cash, money orders, government checks and certified checks. Personal checks will NOT be accepted. If personal checks are mailed to an inmate, the check will be returned or placed in the inmate’s property, but not deposited into their account. Money for an inmate may be deposited in a KIOSK located at the Jail or you can go to www.ezmoneyload.com. There is a fee associated with this.

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. If they still have money in their account upon release, they will receive a check for the balance.

Is there an ATM available at the Jail?
Yes. One is available in the jail lobby.


Contacts

Boulder County Jail

Main: 303-441-4650
Alternate: 303-441-4444
Emergency: 911

email

Boulder County Jail

3200 Airport Road
Boulder, CO 80301
Map & Directions

www.bouldersheriff.org

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