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Jefferson County Jail

200 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (303) 271-5444

Interview with Kyle, Randy, Tyler, Dave and Melissa

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Kyle: I got 2 years because I had actually run from the police. (The judge originally only wanted to give me 1 year)
Randy: WAS FORCED TO PLEAD GUILTY TO ABOVE OR FACE FELONY THREATS. WAS SENTENCED TO TIME SERVED OF 58 DAYS AND 2 YEARS PROBATION.
Tyler: As of right now no sentance has issued in my case.
Dave: I RECEIVED TIME SERVED FOR 45 DAYS AND A TWO YEAR PROBATION
Melissa: No sentence.

JM: Did you spend time in a holding cell after your sentencing? If so, what was that like? If you didn't where did they they take you instead?
Kyle: Yes. All of us who were sentenced would be taken to the same holding cell. Some already incarcerated and some off the streets. It was crowded and cold. The cells were always cold. There we would sit for hours waiting to be classified again. No food.
Randy: AFTER SENTENCING I WAS IN A HOLDING CELL AND IT WAS FREEZING IN THERE! IT WAS WITH ALL THE OTHER INMATES WHO HAD BEEN SENTENCED. IT HAD A TOILET OPEN IN THE CORNER AND HAD A CONCRETE SLAB AS A BENCH TO SIT ON AGAINST THE WALLS.
Tyler: I was only in a holding cell prior to be sent to the county jail which was at least 5 hours I believe it was to see if I would say something that could be used against at a further time but I never did.
Dave: WE WERE IN A HOLDING CELL BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER SENTENCING. IT WAS A LARGE ROOM THAT WAS FREEZING, AND IT JUST HAD THE CONCRETE BENCHES ALONG THE WALL TO SIT ON
Melissa: I was not sentenced. The only holding cell I was in was for intake, which was relatively clean. Each one had a TV that you could change the channel and volume of. There were about 6 people in each cell. We were given "Brown Bag" lunches with the Roll, "Meat", and Orange, along with a packaged drink. Before you are placed in the Holding Cell, you are strip searched. But that allows them to leave the cell doors open and keeps it safer all around.

If you have ever wondered what happens behind bars in the Jefferson County Jail, you have come to the right place. If you or someone you know is headed there, you may have discovered that finding accurate information about day to day life in jail is not easy to come by.

Unless you know someone who has been there, it can be difficult to get answers to simple questions such as what clothing the inmates wear, what they do all day, and what the food is like. We have interviewed former inmates of Jefferson County, who have shared their inside knowledge about all these topics and more.

You can access their interviews by clicking the links to the left. Take a few minutes to read their stories and find out what life is really like inside the Jefferson County Jail.

Meals
Jefferson County provides inmates with three meals per day. On a scale from 1-10, the quality of the meals is about a 3. The biggest complaint about food in this jail is the portion sizes are too small. Other inmates prepare and serve the food, and the theory is that those who work in the kitchen serve smaller portions to the rest of the inmates so they can have more.

Other than the portion sizes, other complaints are that the food is often not cooked enough or overcooked. If an inmate gets a tray with something missing or something raw, they have no recourse. It's just the luck of the draw. Some of the foods inmates like more than others are soy burgers and tacos. The pasta trays tend to have the largest portions.

Commissary
Inmates can purchase food from the commissary, but the prices have a steep mark up. Ramen noodles, which can be purchased on the street for 10-20 cents cost about 80 cents in Jefferson County. If you are able to have family or friends put money on your account, it can make your time a lot easier. With access to the commissary snacks, you won't have to worry so much about the small portion sizes the jail serves you.


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