All You Need To Know About The Colorado State Penitentiary

Connect With an Inmate All You Need To Know About The Colorado State Penitentiary

All You Need To Know About The Colorado State Penitentiary

Maintaining a relationship with someone when you can't physically be with them can be difficult, and that is even more true when your means of communication are limited. To ensure the safety of inmates, they are restricted in what they can send and receive, so you must know what is considered acceptable so that you can continue to communicate with them. If you have questions about how best to contact an inmate at the Colorado State Penitentiary, DoNotPay can help you get in touch with them.

Colorado State Penitentiary General Contact Information

The Colorado State Penitentiary was built in two stages. The first stage was completed in 1993 with a capacity of just over 500 inmates. An expansion in 1998 brought the penitentiary to its current total of 756 inmates. There are a variety of custody levels at Colorado State Penitentiary:

  • Medium
  • Restrictive Housing–Maximum Security
  • Close Custody Management Control Unit
  • Close Custody Transition
  • Temporary General Population Hold
  • Incentive Pod

The current warden is Thomas Little. To reach the facility, you may contact them using the details below:

Physical AddressEast Hwy 50 and Evans Avenue, Canon City, CO
Phone Number719-269-5120
WebsiteColorado State Penitentiary’s website
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 777, Canon City, CO 81215

How to Connect With Inmates at Colorado State Penitentiary

There are several ways to connect with an inmate at Colorado State Penitentiary. Listed below are the instructions on how to reach them on your own.

Send Mail

When sending mail to an inmate, your envelope must have four pieces of information on it:

  1. Inmate Name
  2. Inmate Number
  3. Inmate Facility
  4. Facility Mailing Address

You must use the name under which the inmate was committed, but you may also include a second name if their name has legally changed. Money cannot be sent to an inmate through the mail. Money must be electronically transferred.

Mail is held for inspection but no more than 48 hours, excluding weekends, holidays, and emergencies. In addition to the standard restrictions on inmate mail, Colorado State Penitentiary is currently observant of a policy where incoming mail is photocopied. The copy is given to the inmate while the original is destroyed.

Packages must come from an approved source with a business address or P.O. Box and business phone number or email. Like mail, packages are held for inspection with no more than 72 hours delay.

Send Email

The Colorado Department of Corrections works with JPay to allow inmates to receive emails. Once you create your JPay account, you will need the inmate's DOC number to direct it to them. The emails are printed and delivered as physical mail. This means that inmates cannot respond via email, only through regular mail.

Phone Calls

Inmates are not allowed to receive calls, but they can make them. To receive a call from an inmate, you must set up an account:

All calls are subject to recording, and each call is limited to 20 minutes. Domestic calls cost 12 cents per minute, while international calls cost 50 cents per minute.


To visit, you must first have a visiting application approved. Once you complete your application, you can mail it to the penitentiary or email it to If your application is denied, you may contact current visiting supervisor James Johnson at

Once your application is approved, you must set up an appointment by calling 719-269-5252. Close Custody inmates are available for several hours on Fridays, while Incentive Pod inmates have four windows:

  1. Thursday: 12:00 am - 3:30 pm
  2. Friday: 8:15 am - 2:30 pm
  3. Saturday: 8:15 am - 12 pm
  4. Sunday: 8:15 am - 2:30 pm

Contact Your Imprisoned Friend or Family Member With DoNotPay

If you aren't sure how best to get in touch with your loved one at the Colorado state penitentiary, DoNotPay can get you started:

  1. Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.


  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.


  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide their details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.


  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name. We'll set one up for you to easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.


  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo. Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait ten days for it to arrive for your loved one.


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