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Boulder County Jail

3200 Airport Road
Boulder, CO 80301-2226
(303) 441-4603

Interview with Darryl and Cheryl

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Darryl: 6 months of work release. I messed up work release so I ended up doing 2 months of straight time in the jail.
Cheryl: originaly I was sentaced to 1 year probation but than ran on bond before sentacing and was given 3 years probation and 20 days work release but did jail time instead of work release

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?
Darryl: Yes, its called intake. I was in there for 5 days. You are locked down most of the day. You can get out of your cell to eat and a few other times during the day.
Cheryl: I spent alot of time in holding cells normaly they were not too bad one time the seat and wall had blood all over it and there was a urinated on mate still on the floor it was discusting so I stood near the door and didnt touch anything untill I was moved to a cleaner area

If you or somebody you know is heading to the Boulder County Jail you probably want to know what to expect. The links on the left lead to interviews from ex-inmates of the Boulder County Jail who share information about what life inside the jail is really like.

Time off for good behavior
One way that jails deal with overcrowding issues is by releasing inmates early who don't cause problems for the deputies. The maximum amount of time available for good behavior in this jail is 10 days per month. So basically if you get good time off, it is possible that you will serve only 2/3 of your sentence.

Phone Calls
Chances are you will want to make phone calls to your family and friends while you are serving your time. In Boulder County Jail, the only way to make a call is to do it collect. The person you are calling must have a service set up on their phone that allows them to accept your call.

If you know beforehand that you are going to jail, it may be a good idea to look into the details of how this works so you won't have any problem contacting people when you are locked up. Phone calls cost $2.35 for 15 minutes, which is a pretty good rate compared to the price of making calls from other jails.

Recreational Activities
Boulder County Jail inmates have access to regular AA and church meetings. Generally they are allowed to go outside everyday. One nice thing about this jail is that they have a volleyball court outside. They also have a basketball court that the inmates have access to. Each pod has two TV's, but don't expect to have a lot of personal choice regarding what you will watch. Channels are determined by a group vote.

This jail allows contact visits. This means that there will not be a glass wall physically dividing you from the person you are visiting. Visits are held in a large room with chairs paired together to allow for a little privacy.

In order to have a visit, the visitor must call to schedule a visitation appointment the day before. They are required to arrive for their visit 15 minutes with their photo ID. Each inmate can have three visits per week, with 30 minutes for each visit.

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