Jeffco Sheriff’s office releasing inmates, prohibiting jail visits in response to COVID-19

County offices closed to the public

Staff Report
Posted 3/26/20

County officials have continued to respond to the COVID-19 crisis this week by announcing several operational changes aimed at helping to contain the spread of the disease. The Jefferson County …

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Jeffco Sheriff’s office releasing inmates, prohibiting jail visits in response to COVID-19

County offices closed to the public

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County officials have continued to respond to the COVID-19 crisis this week by announcing several operational changes aimed at helping to contain the spread of the disease.

The Jefferson County Commissioners meeting on March 24 was canceled. The March 31 has also been canceled.

As of March 19, there were 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

On March 19, the Sheriff’s Office announced that it would begin releasing eligible inmates early if they have completed at least 50 percent of their sentence and meet all other early release program requirements. Those releases will continue until “the risk of COVID-19 spread is mitigated.” Inmates do not qualify for early release if they are subject to a minimum sentence under state law or if their sentence includes directions from a judge to prevent early release.

According to the sheriff’s office,as of March 19 no inmates or Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

On March 16, the Sheriff’s Office also announced that it would be immediately closing its three public lobby locations and suspending certain public services, including all on-site visitation at the county jail, for the remainder of the week. During the suspension, public records requests can no longer be submitted in person (they can still be submitted online at records@jeffco.us). The issuing and renewal of concealed carry permits is also suspended during the period. Jail bonds are still being accepted in the jail lobby, which will remain open.

Jefferson County Clerk & Recorder’s Office

On March 17, Jefferson County Clerk George Stern announced that the clerk and recorder’s office would be closed through at least the end of the week.

The closure extends to all divisions, including Motor Vehicle offices, Recording, Clerk to the Board, and Elections.

Jeffco drivers will not be assessed late fees during the closure period for expired registrations. However, customers can still renew their vehicle, request a duplicate title, apply for a disability placard and change their address. However, some services—such as obtaining a marriage license — cannot be conducted online during the closure. The department will continue to respond to phone and email messages from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Jefferson County Public Health

On March 18, JCPH issued an order closing all dine-in service at bars and restaurants as well as theaters, gyms and county buildings in Jefferson County. The local order reiterates everything covered by the state public health order.

“JCPH issued this order to protect the health of our community. By bringing this to a local level, JCPH can also extend our services to the affected local businesses by streamlining processes and ensuring that during a time when everything is changing rapidly, there is continuity, transparency and support,” said Dr. Mark B. Johnson, Executive Director at JCPH. “For example, the JCPH Environmental Health team has been working tirelessly to conduct outreach to retail food establishments in our county to make sure they’re taken care of and supported during this time.”

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