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Colorado 2017

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The Jail System

Colorado has 61 jails in 64 counties. The total jail population in 2017 is unavailable.

The Prison System

As of December 31, 2017, the number of prisoners under the jurisdiction of State of Colorado correctional authorities was 19,824 located in 20 state prisons and held in the custody of private prisons or local jails.  The Colorado Department of Corrections had a staff of 6,010 employees and budget of $864 million.

The Community Corrections System

As of December 31, 2017, the Colorado's community corrections population was 80,759 under probation and 10,477 under parole.


The National Institute of Corrections depends on publicly available information to provide the information on this page.

The statistics for budgets, employee positions, and state prison facilities data comes from state departments of corrections (DOCs), other state reports and state agencies. If data is missing for a state, then we were unable to find that information.

The data on prison population and incarcerate rate come from the Prisoner in 2017 report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). That report includes the count of prisoners in the unified systems of Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Violent and property crime rates are provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The number of counties per state comes from the United States Census Bureau.

Current jail population by state is unavailable. The most recent census was conducted by BJS in 2014.

Rates (Per 100K)

Incarceration Rate: 
Violent Crime Rate: 
Property Crime Rate: 


Prison Population: 
Parole Population: 
Probation Population: 


Number of State Prison Facilities: 
20 facilities
Number of Jail Facilities: 


Cost Per Inmate: 
$ 30,817
Employee Positions: 
Prison Budget: 
$ 864,740,250