Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Detention Center


The mission of the Southern Ute Detention Center is to provide safe and humane confinement for all Native Americans who are under the jurisdiction of the Tribe and other community members through inter-government contracts. The Detention Center will operate under the authority of the Constitution of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. The Tribe will establish or adopt the following professional standards for Adult Correctional Association. 

The center has the responsibility to:

  • Provide for the basic human needs of detained persons.
  • Protect the civil and human rights of inmates.
  • Ensure that all persons who come into the facility are safe.
  • Protect the community.
  • Offer opportunities for positive growth and change to its inmate population.
  • Use an appropriate balance of technology and human skills and to operate in a cost-efficient manner.

As a major element in the criminal justice system, the Center must be capable of responding to changes in the community through its adaptability and expansion capabilities. Finally, to continue communication, cooperation, and coordination of tribal, local, county, and regional resources is essential to achieving its missions.

The Southern Ute Detention Center will be operated under the Detention Division, which is part of the Department of Justice and Regulatory. The Detention Director will be the primary administrator.


Visits are scheduled for 30 minutes by appointment only. Visitors will call one (1) day in advance to schedule as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend visits for Saturday and Sunday must be called in by Friday before 5:00 p.m. The number to call and schedule an appointment is (970) 563-0379.

Visiting Hours

Mondays & FridaysNo Visits
Tuesday - Thursday8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Visitation Rules

Visits will not be allowed if you have been incarcerated within 30 days at the Southern Ute Detention Center. Non-contact visits will then be scheduled for the next 60 days. After 90 days from your release date, you may have contact visits.

  • All Pre-sentenced and Open-sentenced inmates will be Non-Contact visits.
  • Local Inmates will receive three (3) thirty (30) minute visits per week.
  • Inmate visitors traveling long distance may receive two (2) visits per week up to one (1) hour in length if approved by the Supervising Officer on duty.
  • Contact visits may be denied at the discretion of the Director or Designee.
  • Food, drinks, contraband, personal property such as purses, diaper bags, backpacks, hats, cell phones, sunglasses or jackets, etc., are prohibited from entering the Facility. Please store personal belongings in the lockers provided in the waiting area. For small children, allowable items will be two (2) diapers and a baby bottle. At no time will staff accept property for the inmates. This includes books, letters, and magazines.
  • One (1) visit per day per inmate. Two (2) visitors per visit; small children that need to be carried are exempt.
  • A Picture ID is required at the time of the visit or the visit will be denied.
  • Visitors must be over the age of 18 in order to visit the inmate on your own. Anyone 17 years of age and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Only a minimal amount of contact will be allowed during the visit i.e., embracing before and after the visit.

Dress Code for Visitors

Must be fully clothed and properly attired. No tank tops, cut off shorts, hats, or muscle shirts.

Dresses must be knee length or longer. No shorts, see-through blouses, short skirts, sleeveless blouses, hats or other revealing clothing.

The Detention Director or designee may refuse anyone who violates the dress code for visitation.

Detention Officer Code of Ethics

As a Southern Ute Detention Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the membership of the Southern Ute Tribe and community: to keep the institution secure, to safeguard the membership and the lives of the staff, inmates, and visitors on the premises.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all: maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule, develop self-restraint, and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life: I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my agency. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature, or that is confided to me in my official capacity, will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. I will refrain from becoming personally involved in the lives of the inmates and their families, except as related to the responsibilities of my job. With no compromise, I will enforce the rules and regulations courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, and never employing unnecessary use of force or violence. I will manage and supervise the inmates in an evenhanded and courteous manner.

I will work with each agency and individual firmly and fairly without regard to rank, status, or condition. I will treat all visitors to the Detention Center with politeness and respect, and do my utmost to ensure that they observe the department’s regulations. I will communicate with no hesitation with people in or outside the facility, whether by phone, written word, or spoken word in a manner that does not reflect negativity upon my agency or the Southern Ute Membership.

I recognize that the badge I wear is a symbol of public faith and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of detention service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession.

… Detention Officer