Jefferson County, CO. – Effective January 1, 2020, the Jefferson County Detention Facility will close one floor of the county jail, decreasing the jail’s operational capacity from 1392 beds to 1148 beds. Amongst other reductions in services, staffing levels will be reduced by 51 positions department wide with the greatest impact being in the detentions division.
Closing one floor of the jail, along with several other service reductions, is required for the Sheriff’s Office to operate within its 2020 budget, which is effectively reduced by $5.5 million due to Jefferson County directives and policy changes. The specific steps to reduce inmate population are explained in the attached written directive.
Sheriff Jeff Shrader said “We do not take these measures lightly. Our commitment is for Jefferson County to be a safe place for all people to live, learn, work, and play. While the budget requires a dramatic change in service, and knowing it will have a direct impact on our law enforcement partners and more importantly the communities we serve, the services we continue to provide will be done with exceptional quality.”