Sterling Correctional Facility


Sterling Correctional Facility (SCF) is located in the northeast corner of Colorado, approximately 120 miles northeast of Denver. The facility covers 100 acres of the 765-acre site. The interior perimeter covers 80 acres. The facility officially opened in June of 1999.

SCF’s capacity is 2,488. The custody levels include Minimum, Minimum-Restricted, Medium, Close (general population) and Close (Management Control Comprehensive – MCC).


Warden Jeff Long

Switchboard - 970-521-5010

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 6000
Sterling, CO 80751

Sterling Correctional Facility

Visiting Days and Hours

To ensure equitable opportunities for participation in the privilege of in-person visitation SCF utilizes Visiting Sessions for scheduling. Sessions are 28 days long beginning on Friday and ending on Thursday. To facilitate equal opportunities blocks rotate general population areas. Each session consists of 4 blocks; blocks begin every Friday and end the following Thursday. SCF's 1st session of 203 began on January 6th 2023. 

Session schedules can be obtained by emailing a request for the current or upcoming session and food vendor participation to  "doc_scf_visiting_staff@state.co.us"  


1.      Attention Visitors from different time zones: All scheduling will be on Mountain Standard Time.

2.      Visitors may participate in up to 3 in-person visits per block. 

3.      Scheduling for Friday, Saturday, Sunday may be for a single day, or Friday & Saturday, or Friday & Sunday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday or Saturday and Sunday combinations are not available. 

4.      Visiting requests will be accepted 24 hours a day via email. 

5.      Up to four visitors will be allowed to schedule per day for each offender.

6.      To provide fair access SCF will allow scheduling up 7 days prior to the date of the visit.

7.      To support operations SCF will not accept visiting requests submitted after 8 am the day prior to the visit.

8.      Available Visiting Slots will be filled on a 1st come basis. Once all slots are filled no requests can be considered. Visiting Slots are determined by the Fire Safety Occupancy Load of our visiting rooms.  


COVID compliance measures will be adhered to (at a minimum) as posted on the CDOC website and may be adjusted to a higher level at SCF as appropriate. If you require clarification regarding the session concept, please contact: 

Norman MacIntosh at 970-521-8817

Visiting calendar for: March - April 2024 

Visiting calendar for: April - May 2024 

Weekend outside vendor food delivery

SCF participates with local food vendors providing opportunities for visitors and offenders to share meals during weekend (Saturday and Sunday) visiting sessions. The vendor information and ordering requirements are included in the visiting confirmation email.

Visiting Appointments 

All contact visits must be scheduled no later than 8:00 AM the previous day, and no more than seven days in advance. Visitors may arrange a visit by emailing  doc_scf_visiting_staff@state.co.us. If you have not received a confirmation email or phone call by 12:00 PM on the day preceding your visit, please call 970-521-8300 (7:30 AM - 5:45 PM) or send an email to the address above as soon as possible.

Where/How to submit visiting applications

Visiting Applications can be found on our Visiting Applications page.

Application must be signed and have a copy of valid photo ID attached. The application and attachments must be current and can be sent via US mail or e-mailed to doc_scf_visiting_staff@state.co.us.  All visitors wishing to be active and approved on a visiting list needs to submit a visiting application prior to their visit.

Who to contact if visiting has been denied

If your application for visiting is denied, you can write a letter to Warden Long; Sterling Correctional Facility; PO Box 6000; Sterling, CO 80751 for reconsideration on an individual basis. Please include the reason for denial and any information you deem important for consideration.


Directions to the Facility