The Arapahoe County Detention Facility in Centennial, Arapahoe County, Colorado is a regional minimum-security jail that can hold up to 1166 inmates. It accommodates a range of offenders, from juveniles to adults. The average monthly total bookings at the Arapahoe County Detention Facility are 131. A team of 99 staff members is responsible for supervising the facility. Inmates at the Arapahoe County Detention Facility have access to various programs, including GED, computer education, and financial and anger management. Substance abuse treatment is also available for those in need.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office provides a hotline for families to call from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to address any concerns they may have. If the call goes unanswered, a message can be left and a staff member will return the call at the earliest opportunity.
Visitation hours for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office are on:
Saturdays and Sundays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Monday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday:8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 Am to 3:00 PM
The jail has a list of prohibited items that are not allowed to be sent to inmates. This includes:
None of these items can be admitted into the facility. It is important for senders to carefully review the list of prohibited items before sending anything to an inmate.
The Arapahoe County Detention Facility offers inmates a commissary account that enables them to purchase various items in the facility canteen. Family members and friends are allowed to send money to inmates for use through the JPay website. To deposit money into an inmate’s commissary account, users must create an account with JPay and use it for the transaction.
Friends and family of inmates are permitted to send and receive mail. The mail should be addressed to 7375 S. Potomac Street PO Box 4918, Centennial, CO, 80112. If the mail is sent to a different address, it will be returned to the sender.
The mailing address is:
Arapahoe County Detention Facility
Prisoner’s Full Reserving Name
7375 S. Potomac Street
PO Box 4918, Centennia
As per the Colorado Revised Statutes, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the custody of the jail and takes care of the housing, transportation, and court-related activities of inmates. The Detention Services Bureau is commanded by Bureau Chief Jared Rowlison, with Captain Scott Leudtke overseeing detention administration and Captain Dan Joyce managing detention operations.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility has been accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) since 1991. The medical unit, which provides medical services to inmates within the facility, has been accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) since 1989.
The Arapahoe County Detention Facility has evolved significantly since its inception in 1865 as a one-room jailhouse in Littleton. In 1987, a much larger detention facility with a bed space capacity of 404 was constructed nearby. In 1999, construction began on two additional housing units, and the
facility now accommodates around 1,400 inmates. The facility receives an average of 17,000 inmates annually and is staffed by civilian personnel, medical personnel, non-certified deputies, and Colorado POST certified deputies.
In 1855, the Kansas Territorial Legislature established a large Arapahoe County to govern the western portion of the Territory of Kansas, and it was named after the Arapaho Nation, who lived in the region. In 1858, gold was found along the South Platte River in Arapahoe County, leading to the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush.
Residents in the mining region felt disconnected from the remote territorial governments of Kansas and Nebraska, so they voted to create their own Territory of Jefferson in October 1859. The following month, the Jefferson Territorial Legislature organized 12 counties for the new territory, including a smaller
Arapahoe County, and Denver City served as its county seat. However, the Jefferson Territory never received federal approval, and when the State of Kansas joined the Union on January 29, 1861, the mining regions became temporarily unorganized territory.
On February 28, 1861, Congress passed an act creating the Territory of Colorado with present-day borders. Then, on November 1, 1861, the Colorado Territorial Assembly established the 17 original counties of Colorado, including a new Arapahoe County. This new county originally extended 160 miles (258 km) east from the line of present-day Sheridan Boulevard to the Kansas border and 30 miles (48 km) north from the line of present-day County Line Road to the 40th parallel north (168th Avenue). Denver City served as the county seat of Arapahoe County until 1902.