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Building a safer Colorado for today and tomorrow.



To protect the citizens of Colorado by holding offenders accountable and engaging them in opportunities to make positive behavioral changes and become law-abiding citizens.


Value Statements

Our staff is our greatest resource. We support a professional, empowered workforce that embodies honesty, integrity, and ethical behavior. We honor and respect the rights of victims. We respect the individual differences of our staff and offender populations and seek to safeguard the safety, dignity, and well-being of all. We strive to deliver correctional services with optimal efficiency. We engage in effective correctional practices that produce measurable outcomes. We are committed to exceptional customer service. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for offender success. Our success is achieved through mission-focused collaboration.


The Colorado Department of Corrections is responsible for the management of the state's adult prison system, community corrections, intensive supervision program-inmate (ISP-I), and parole. Prison Operations is accountable for offenders sentenced to prison. Located throughout Colorado are 19 facilities and the Youthful Offender System that are owned and operated by the state of Colorado, and four private facilities contracted with by the DOC to house offenders. Adult Parole is responsible  for offenders who transition from a facility to parole, parole ISP, community residential programs, inmate ISP, community return to custody facilities, interstate compact offenders, community re-entry, and pre-release programs. The DOC also employs over 6,000 staff in many different fields of expertise, all working together towards DOC's mission.

Performance Plans