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Buena Vista Correctional Complex

Buena Vista Correctional Complex

15125 Highway 24 & 285Buena Vista, Colorado 81211

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Buena Vista Correctional Complex Visiting Information:

Visiting Hours: 9am - 2:30pm; Friday, Saturday, Sunday at BVCF
9am - 2:30pm; Saturday, Sunday at BVMC
Before Visiting
Before you can visit an offender housed in a DOC facility you must fill out a Visiting Application.

Buena Vista Correctional Complex Additional information:

Inmate Communications

The Colorado Department of Corrections provides several ways to communicate with an inmate incarcerated in one of our facilities.

Inmates can receive letters while incarcerated.The sending and receiving of mail by offenders incarcerated in a Colorado Department of Corrections facility is governed by AR 300-38 Offender Mail.

Inmates can also use the Colorado Inmate Phone System  or CIPS.  To find out more about calling an inmate please view the Inmate Phone System section below.

The DOC has recently piloted a new program called E-Messaging, this allows a person to send an electronic message to an inmate housed in one of our facilities. To find out more about Inmate E-Messaging please view the section at the bottom of this page.


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12 Responses to Buena Vista Correctional Complex

  1. Sabrina April 22, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    I would like to know how to get the paperwork for visitation and where to send it to. I would also like to know how long the process for approval takes. If someone is able to respond with the answers to my questions I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    • PrisonPath April 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

      Hi Sabrina,

      Please note the information below re: visitation. You may also find this other link and information helpful too.

      Colorado Department of Corrections
      Colorado Department of Corrections

      How to Apply

      Visitor Approval

      Applying for Visitation at a Public Facility—–Please note this link is for the visitor’s application.

      New visitors applying for on-going visitation of an offender housed within a CDOC operated prison, a Visitor Application needs to be completed and mailed to the facility where you will be visiting.
      One-time or infrequent visitors (i.e., one to two times per year), to a public facility, please request a Special Visitation Application from the facility where you will be visiting.
      Minor Children ( any child under 18 ), to a public facility, needs a Form 300-01J Authorization for Minor Child Visitation to be completed and mailed to the facility where they will be visiting.

      Applying for Visitation at a Private Facility

      New visitors applying for on-going visitation of an offender housed within a privately operated prison, a Visitor Application needs to be completed and mailed to the Private Prisons Monitoring Unit at the address below, with the exception of offenders housed at the Cheyenne Mountain Re-Entry Center in which case the application is sent directly to the facility at the address listed below.
      Minor Children (any child under 18), When making application for Minor Children to visit at a private facility, the Form 300-01J Authorization for Minor Child Visitation should be sent with the Visitor Application to the appropriate address below.
      One-time or infrequent visitors (i.e., one to two times per year), a Special Visitation Application (pdf) is an option in lieu of the on-going CDOC visitor application listed above. The special visiting application and Form 300-01J Authorization for Minor Child Visitation (when applicable) needs to be completed and mailed to the Private Prisons Monitoring Unit (or Cheyenne Mountain Re-Entry Center if applicable) at the address listed below. If you need further assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please call PPMU at (719) 226-4929.

      Private Prisons Monitoring Unit
      2862 South Circle Drive
      Colorado Springs, CO 80906

      Cheyenne Mountain Re-Entry
      2925 E. Las Vegas Street
      Colorado Springs, CO 80906

      The number of visitors an offender may receive and the length of visits may be limited only by the facility’s schedule, space, and personnel constraints. The intended visitor must complete the Visitor Application (Attachment “A”) and return the completed, signed form to the facility where the offender is housed. Incomplete applications may be rejected. Upon being received by the DOC, DC Form 300-01A, Visitor Application (Attachment “A”) will be available at the facility visiting area or from designated facility staff. Minor children must be named on DC Form 300-01A, Visitor Application, but will not be counted toward the eleven (11) approved visitors. Only one (1) adult name per application will be permitted. Minors must be listed on the application of the legal guardian or immediate family member that will accompany the minor on the visit.

      The Administrative Head is the assigned authority to approve, deny, or delete names of visitors on visiting lists. An offender’s visiting list shall be subject to the following restrictions:

      No person will be allowed to socially visit more than one (1) offender unless the person is a member of the immediate family of each offender being visited.
      Approval for a person to change from the visiting list of one offender to another offender will only be considered if the visitor applicant has been placed on inactive status with the original party for a period of at least one (1) year.
      Any person representing any potential health hazards to offenders, staff or other visitors will not be approved for visits, until the health hazard is cured (i.e., communicable disease). Staff medical practitioners will render final decisions in such matters.
      Any other person(s) who have become acquainted with an offender in any manner during the course of the offender’s incarceration WILL NOT be allowed to visit.
      Should the offender be transferred to a new facility, a new visitor application must be submitted to the new facility’s Administrative Head who may or may not approve the new request.
      Persons, including immediate family members, who are on active parole, probation or other forms of conditional release, e.g., community programs, furloughs from custody, etc., or who have a felony record within the past three (3) years, will not ordinarily be approved for visits.
      Any victim of the offender who wishes to visit the offender must submit such request in writing to the Administrative Head seeking authorization to visit. The Administrative Head will respond to the victim indicating the decision within thirty (30) days from the receipt of such letter.
      If it is determined that an individual is likely to have a detrimental effect on the offender, or present a security threat, he/she will not be approved for visits.
      All visitors under age 18 must be listed on the Visitor Application (DC Form 300-01A) and be accompanied by at least one adult who is identified as legal guardian or immediate family member authorized to accompany those specific minors listed on their application. Exceptions will be made for emancipated minors.
      The approved visitor application and subsequent changes will be entered into the Department of Corrections Information System (DCIS) visiting computer system for system-wide utilization and access during the course of the offender’s incarceration.
      An approval to visit an offender may be revoked when information which would have resulted in denial of visits becomes known after an approval to visit has been granted. Revocation and/or suspension of visits may be ordered by the Administrative Head for any activity or event occurring subsequent to the approval for visits (See Section IV.L.). All revocations and/or suspensions with beginning and ending dates will be entered into the DCIS visiting computer system.
      An individual may be listed on the approved visitor list as a “spouse” only if a legal marriage is established. A marriage may be validated by presentation of a recorded Certificate of Marriage; recorded License to Marry; recorded Marriage by Proxy; or established and recognized Common-Law Marriage. The burden of proof documenting a legal marriage is the responsibility of the offender.
      An official valid document with the visitor’s photograph secured thereupon (driver’s license, student identification card, etc.) is necessary to establish visitor identification.
      An individual who is listed on the approved visitor list, but has never visited that person for one (1) year will be placed on inactive visitor status in the DCIS visiting computer system. Information Systems staff will automatically review visitor status quarterly. The offender may request activation of an inactive visitor deactivated for such a reason during the 90 day intervals without requiring a new application.

      Strategic Plan/Regulatory Agenda

      FY 2013-14
      Regulatory Plan
      Regulatory Agenda

      FY 2012-13
      Strategic Plan Video

      Legislature and Budget

      CDOC Joint Budget Committee Presentation 1-4-2013 – Revised
      CDOC Joint Budget Committee Questions and Answers
      CDOC Joint Judiciary Committee 1-18-2013
      CO SOTMP Program Evaluation Jan 20 2013
      Joint Judiciary Committee Questions – Responses


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  2. Nick Gonzales May 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Your inmate locator buttons are broke! they error out. I called the facility and they refered me back to this website.

    • PrisonPath May 18, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

      Hi Nick,

      Our inmate buttons are working, but the Colorado government state inmate locator is not working temporarily on ant site. For now, click the link that we have on this prison page and see if it helps you.

  3. jess October 1, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    Hi i was wondering if i have already sent a visitor application in when the inmat was at DRDC do we need to fill out another application at the new facility where the inmate has been moved ?

    • PrisonPath October 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

      hi Jess,

      Please note the information about visitation at Buena Vista Correctional Complex, click this link. For additional information, contact the facility.

  4. jess October 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Can anyone help with my question

  5. Lucy February 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    How do I schedule a parole hearing for an inmate?

    thank you for your help.


    • PrisonPath February 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

      Hi Lucy,

      Usually, the state parole division will schedule the parole hearing based on the inmate’s sentence and the state’s rules regarding parole. We recommend contacting the inmate’s case manager or an attorney for advice.

  6. Bernard Ray Langford July 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    I am trying to locate a copy of my GED and Basic Electronics Diploma that I received while an inmate at CSR 1965-67. Inmate #17557. Mr. Hill was my teacher in Electronics class. He also had me get GED before I could take the Electronics course. I would appreciate anything you can do to help me find these articles.
    Thank you
    Bernard R Langford
    515 201 6190 DOB 10/13/1946

  7. Nikki Gonzales August 27, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    My question is how I would be able to get a copy of a GED certificate that was completed in 2001 at this facility?

  8. Destiny Hernandez September 8, 2018 at 2:42 am #

    can you tell me what the dress code is?

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