The total number of all inmates incarcerated at the Mesa County Detention Facility.
Currently, the Mesa County Detention Facility has 611 beds with additional temporary bed space in our booking area. It was originally designed with the capacity to house 392 inmates. We’ve remodeled and made adjustments to accommodate our expanding jail population. While these adjustments have increased our total number of beds, it has not changed the footprint of the facility.
Our target population is less than 490 inmates, or less than 80% of the total number of inmates we can house. When we are at or under our target population we are able to far more effectively house the diverse classifications of inmates. For example, females cannot be housed together with males, and often times co-defendants for a case cannot be housed together. For the safety and security of our inmates, it is our responsibly to house known violent inmates away from those who are not known to be violent. When our population rises above 80% of available bed space, it makes it difficult to appropriately house our different inmate populations.
Pre-Trial / Hold / Sentenced (MCDF)/ Sentenced (Waiting)
The basic categorization of the inmates we house.
Pre-Trial inmates are still awaiting trial and are presumed innocent until convicted. If a court has established and set a bond(s), pre-trial inmates are eligible to be released after posting bond. In some cases, a court has determined an inmate is not eligible to receive a bond and must stay in jail until their case reaches a conclusion. Nearly 80 percent of our population is pre-trial.
Hold inmates are those that we are holding for other agencies. This can include inmates being held for other county agencies within Colorado, and inmates awaiting pickup by agencies in other states.
Sentenced inmates have been found guilty of their charges and have been sentenced to either the Mesa County Detention Facility (MCDF) or another facility and are awaiting bed space. Inmates listed under the Sentenced (Waiting) category have been sentenced to either Mesa County Community Corrections or Department of Corrections and are waiting bed space in their program.
Pre-Trial - Felony vs. Misdemeanor
This number breaks down the severity of charges inmates in the facility are facing, Felony being the more serious type of charge.
Some inmates are being held on one charge and some have multiple charges. Pre-trial inmates with at least one felony charge will be reflected in the felony percentage.
Male vs. Female
This number reflects the amount of male vs. female inmates at the Mesa County Detention Facility.