Currently the majority of all CDOC facilities are experiencing numerous COVID-19 positive cases amongst both staff and incarcerated individuals. The health and safety of our staff and inmates is our highest priority, and we are working diligently with public health and medical professionals to ensure our operational decisions are based in the most current science available.
Given the high number of cases across the state, the CDOC has made the difficult decision to extend the suspension of in-person visitation at all DOC facilities until 2/1/2022. The Department will re-evaluate that decision as it gets closer to 2/1 and will provide updates at that time. This was a difficult decision but it is currently the best option to try and prevent the unnecessary introduction of the virus into facilities. Video visitation, phone calls and mail will still be available.
Facilities are still allowing for in-person legal visits.
Given that CDOC has several facilities with outbreaks and other facilities with numerous staff out due to the virus, facilities will also modify operations to reduce or stop programming until 2/1/2022. The levels of modification to programming will vary from facility to facility.
These are difficult decisions as we all wish we could be back to normal, but the department is focused on trying to protect health and safety to the best of our ability. We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this challenging time.
The Department of Corrections has increased visitation capacity for in-person visitation at all facilities. The rules regarding in-person visitation will vary depending on the facility.
Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our staff and inmates. Given the increased danger from the Delta variant we have made the decision that all CDOC employees that interface with the public, interact with inmates or parolees, or who enter into facilities as part of their job assignment will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
CDOC will also require other state employees, contract employees, visitors, volunteers and vendors who enter a prison facility to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (with some accommodations made for extenuating circumstances).
Beginning on October 7, 2021 any visitor will be required to bring a copy of their vaccine card or their printed CIIS verification to the facility to demonstrate that they have had at least the first dose of the vaccine (or the one dose of the Johnson and Johnson). By October 31, 2021 all visitors will need to be fully vaccinated and bring their vaccine card with them when visiting.
Vaccinated visitors will still be required to wear a mask during visitation.
We know this has been a difficult time, and we appreciate your cooperation in keeping our facilities safe.
You can find the criteria for facility visitation HERE
If you need ADA Accommodations for visitation please review the information HERE
If you have a specific visitation question regarding a facility, please find that facility’s webpage under the “Facilities” section and look for their visitation point of contact.
Thank you for your patience during this process.