The Elbert County Sheriff's Office (ECSO) Detentions Division has existed since the establishment of Elbert County on February 2, 1874. The current Elbert County jail was built in 1984 and currently houses all classifications of adult male and female inmates for police departments in Elizabeth and Simla, the Colorado State Patrol, and state and federal law enforcement agencies. The jail holds both unadjudicated and sentenced inmates.

Top Priority

Safety and security for staff and inmates is the top priority of the ECSO Detentions Division. The deputies who operate the facility minimize inmate movement by providing, within inmates' secured areas, a variety of services that include:

  • Education
  • Medical
  • Rehabilitation
  • Religious
  • Visitation

Full-Service Kitchen

The jail's full-service kitchen serves approximately 48,000 meals each year. Meals are prepared in accordance with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and American Jail Association standards.


The jail's commissary provides inmates a way to spend their own money to purchase items online, such as clothing, games, electronics, and food. Inmates may also use their funds to make telephone calls. Family and friends can put money into an inmate's commissary account by visiting the jail or electronically via the Inmate Canteen website.


Soft cover books may be shipped to an Inmate, but only if shipped from a vendor such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

The books must be new and sealed from the vendor. Books with any sexual content will be refused. Books received will be reviewed and may be deemed inappropriate. Puzzle books such as Sudoku and crossword puzzle books are acceptable. Magazines are not accepted.

All books entering the facility become the property of the facility upon the inmate's release.