All About the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center

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Everything You Need to Know About the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center

is not a permanent detention facility. Inmates here will undergo an education and skills test to determine which permanent facility will best suit them. The facility houses up to 575 inmates of all classifications.

The facility was built in 1991. Inmates may receive basic education, GED tests, anger management courses, substance abuse assistance, and parental courses. Some inmates may be permanently assigned here, especially if they have special medical needs like needing dialysis treatment.

Denver Reception and Diagnostic Contact Information


10900 Smith Road

Denver, CO 80239-8004

Phone Number(303) 371-4804
WebsiteDenver Reception & Diagnostic Center
Accessible by public transport?Yes. RTD route 37 makes a stop near the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center.

How to Contact Inmates at Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center?

By Phone

  1. Inmates can only make outgoing calls.
  2. You must set up an account in order to receive calls from inmates. This can be done by calling 1-800-913-6097 or going to the offender connect website.
  3. There will be a connection fee in addition to a per-minute rate.

By Mail

  1. Inmates can receive mail. Do note that they are subject to search. As the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center is usually a temporary location, it may be better to wait before mailing.
  2. If you wish to mail anyway, you will need to have the inmate's name and ID number.
  3. All mail must have the return address clearly printed.
  4. Staples and paper clips are not allowed.
  5. Mail letters to

Inmate Name, ID Number

PO Box 392004

Denver, CO. 80239

Sending Money

  1. You can send inmates money online, by phone, or by MoneyGram.
  2. For MoneyGram transfers, go to any MoneyGram kiosk. They are easy to find at most Walmarts. You will need to provide the inmate's name, ID number, and location of the inmate. Use receiving code 6556.
  3. For online deposits, use JPay.
  4. You can make deposits over the phone by calling 1-800-574-5729. If there are any debts owed by the inmate, up to 20% of the deposit may be confiscated to pay these debts.


  1. Before any visitation, a Colorado DOC Visitor's Application must be submitted and approved. Minors must fill out a separate application for children. One-time visitors online need to fill out the Special Visit application.
  2. The application must be mailed to the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center for review.
  3. After review, you will be added to the approved visitor's list. (You will need to reply when the inmate is transferred to a new facility.)
  4. All visitors must bring a valid photo ID.
  5. Visiting hours are on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.
  6. We recommend calling before visiting, as changes to visiting hours and COVID protocols are common. The number is (303) 371-4804.

Steps to Take Before Contacting a Prisoner

  • Before any contact with a prisoner at the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, you will need their ID. The Colorado Department of Corrections' website has a lookup tool.
  • If you need help, DoNotPay can help with our Connect With an Inmate product.

Difficulties You May Have Contacting Loved Ones at Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center

  • It's no secret that few tax dollars go toward the care of inmates or their families.
  • Trying to communicate with the Colorado Department of Corrections or the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center can be frustrating.
  • DoNotPay can help.

How Can DoNotPay Help?

Write a Prisoner.DoNotPay's Write a Prisoner digital tool allows you to write a letter all online. We will print your letter and mail it directly to its recipient. There’s no need to mess with envelopes, stamps, or worry about the DOC's requirements. We'll take care of everything for you.
Prison Pen Pals.We can assist you in making contact with an unknown prisoner to become pen pals.
Inmate Visitation.We are well versed in all the visitation rules. If you have any problems with visitation or completing the appropriate application forms, DoNotPay can help.

How to Use DoNotPay to Connect With a Prisoner?

You can by following these five easy steps:

  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 his or her personal 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 so you can 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 10 days for it to arrive to your loved one!

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