Sheriff tweaks jail visitation

Those who want to visit inmates must register either online or in person

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday announced changes for how inmate visits can be scheduled.

No longer accepting phone calls to schedule visits, the sheriff said appointments as of Thursday must be made online or in person at a kiosk inside the detention lobby of the sheriff’s office. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.

By adding the online option — — officials hope scheduling a visit will become easier, sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said.

For those opting to do it at the lobby, visitors will find a kiosk there with detailed instructions.

Visitors must also be on a pre-approved guest list submitted by the inmate.

“During the booking process, each inmate provides up to 10 names of potential visitors to our detention staff,” Benjamin said. “Of those 10 names, those people can then make a visitation appointment through our agency website or lobby kiosk once the inmate is assigned to a housing unit.”

All visits must be made two to 14 days in advance. Inmate phone calls, and visits, can be monitored and recorded.


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