751 Ute Avenue (P.O. Box 486)
Kiowa, CO 80117
The current jail facility opened in 1984 and is the only detention facility in Elbert County. The day to day operation is based on Sheriff Heap's "no frills" philosophy, and provides safety and security for staff and inmates. The Facility currently houses all classifications of inmates, and includes temporary separate housing for juvenile inmates and various types of special management inmates.
The Elbert County jail houses inmates for the Elizabeth Police Department, Kiowa Police Department, Simla Police Department, Colorado State Patrol as well as State (Department of Corrections) and Federal law enforcement agencies.
The Deputy Sheriffs (level one peace officers) that operate the facility minimize inmate movement by providing needs (such as medical, education, visitation, religious services and various rehabilitation programs) within the inmate's secured areas. Safety and security of the inmates and the facility is the top priority of the ECSO Detentions Division.
The facility houses adult male and female offenders; most inmates are awaiting trial or sentencing, or are serving terms of less than one year. The inmates housed in the jail are considered escape risks, violent or dangerous, or by the nature of their charges may require intense security housing. The jail also temporarily holds juvenile offenders separate from adult offenders.
The Elbert County Sheriff's Office Detentions Division (or Jail Division) has been in existence since the establishment of Elbert County which was formed on February 2, 1874.