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Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center

Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center

10900 Smith RoadDenver, Colorado 80239

Phone :
303-371-4804
Website :
Inmate Locator :
Security Level :
maximum

Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center Visiting Information:

Visiting this Facility:
Visitors will not be allowed to enter the Gatehouse or congregate in front of the Gatehouse prior to the beginning of registration, which will begin fifteen (15) minutes before each visiting session. Initial processing will begin at the Gatehouse at 8:15 a.m. and end at 10:00 a.m.; it will begin again at 11:30 a.m. and end at 2:15 p.m.
There will be no visiting on legal holidays unless they fall on normal visiting days.
Visits will not be processed for those visitors who arrive at the Gatehouse between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. or after 2:15 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday 8:30 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.
All non-segregated offenders are allowed contact visits.
Saturday/Sunday 8:30 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.
Administrative Segregation Offender are allowed non-contact visits by appointment only.
DRDC is a temporary facility assignment for diagnostic and transitional offenders. New arrival offenders are given a Special Visit request form during their initial orientation. They may list up to five (5) immediate family members, approval will take approximately ten (10) working days at which time the offender will be notified.
Before Visiting
Review Administrative Regulation 300-01, "Offender Visiting Program".
Upon offenders arriving at their assigned facility, a permanent visiting application will need to be completed by all visitors to be processed in accordance with policy and procedure. Please refer to the facility's webpage for specific information regarding visitation times.


  • 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.

Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center Additional information:

Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center

DRDC is the first stop for all offenders sentenced to the Department of Corrections. The facility is located on Smith Road, just east of the Denver County Jail. Staff at the 542 bed maximum security facility process, test, and classify offenders entering the system, prior to their placement at one of the Department's permanent facilities. Offenders are given a complete diagnostic evaluation including medical, dental, mental health assessment, and personal needs assessments, as well as academic and vocational testing, initial classification, and a custody level recommendation. The facility also houses a 36 bed Infirmary and 14 bed Special Medical Needs Unit.

Duration:

No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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39 Responses to Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center

  1. susan smith October 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    My boyfriend just got transferred to drdc and I was wondering if I’m on probation for a deferred felony will I be denied even if it wasn’t a conviction?

    • PrisonPath October 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

      Hi Susan,

      This facility requires visitors to file an application for visitation. You will need to see what information the application requires for approval. If you still have questions, then you should check with your attorney. You do not want to make a mistake and have it affect you.

  2. terri taddicken April 14, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    how can i purchase jpay stamps for an inmate?

    • PrisonPath April 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      Hi Terri,

      We cannot find the information for you. I recommend calling the facility for your answer.

  3. brandi May 22, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    hey soo i have a question my boyfried violated parole and hes in drdc and the resson he violated parole cause we got into a fight but we had a restrainging order but the judge dropped it so we dont have one any more will i be abkle to go see him in prision?

    • PrisonPath May 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

      Hi Brandi,

      Your question involves legal issues and you would need to consult with an attorney.

      • brandi May 23, 2013 at 12:45 am #

        its not a legal issue all im saying is we dont have a restraining order any more will the prision accept me to visit him

        • PrisonPath May 23, 2013 at 1:34 am #

          Hi Brandi,

          You will have to contact the facility directly for that information.

  4. ??? June 2, 2013 at 3:58 am #

    Do inmates have to register Ph #’s before they can call out??

    • PrisonPath June 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

      Hi ???,
      Please note the following information about telephone communications:
      Inmate Phone System

      Colorado Inmate Phone System ( CIPS ) is the phone system used in Colorado correctional facilities.

      May 1, 2013 CIPS CONVERSION OF COLLECT CALLS

      VAC/GTL is making changes to their collect call (V-Connect). Effective May 6, 2013 any party(ies) that are wishing to set up a NEW account to receive collect calls from an offenders must contact Offender Connect at 1-800-913-6097 or at (www.offenderconnect.com). All existing accounts that have balances will automatically be transferred to the new system (Offender Connect) on June 24, 2013. No disruption should affect offenders placing collect calls.

      For more information regarding CIPS please see AR 850-12.

      Terms commonly used in CIPS:

      Intra-lata : Calls placed to a number not local but in the same calling area.

      Inter-lata : Calls placed to a number in another calling area, within the state.

      Inter-state : Calls placed to a number in another state.
      From Prisonpath, for information about what prison is like, click this link.

  5. judy zaluski June 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    could you please tell me who is your phone provider at the denver diagnostic reception center so my family member can call home. tnank you Judy

    • PrisonPath June 12, 2013 at 1:58 am #

      Hi Judy,

      Please note the following information about telephones.
      nmate Phone System

      Colorado Inmate Phone System ( CIPS ) is the phone system used in Colorado correctional facilities.

      May 1, 2013 CIPS CONVERSION OF COLLECT CALLS

      VAC/GTL is making changes to their collect call (V-Connect). Effective May 6, 2013 any party(ies) that are wishing to set up a NEW account to receive collect calls from an offenders must contact Offender Connect at 1-800-913-6097 or at (www.offenderconnect.com). All existing accounts that have balances will automatically be transferred to the new system (Offender Connect) on June 24, 2013. No disruption should affect offenders placing collect calls.

      For more information regarding CIPS please see AR 850-12.

      Terms commonly used in CIPS:

      Intra-lata : Calls placed to a number not local but in the same calling area.

      Inter-lata : Calls placed to a number in another calling area, within the state.

      Inter-state : Calls placed to a number in another state.
      International Rates Debit Rates Collect Rates
      Calls placed to a phone number outside the United States and requires that the phone number be preceded by 011. A call in which the offender pays all the charges for the call. A call in which the called party pays all the charges for the call.
      For more information, click this link.
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  6. wendy B July 2, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Can we send books, new paperback books from Amazon.com to an inmate that the Denver Diagnostic Center ? thanks

    • PrisonPath July 2, 2013 at 12:21 am #

      Hi Wendy,

      Denver will accept books and magazines from publishers or retail stores such as Amazon or Konmart. Konmart specializes in gifts for inmates such as books and magazines and follows the requirements set by each institution for mailing packages to inmates. You can click Konmart’s ad on any of our prison pages..

  7. Amanda July 12, 2013 at 4:38 am #

    Hi, I have a question. How long do the visits last? Im a little confused. I will check in at 8:15 so about what time will my visit start and when will it end? I am wondering because I have 2 kids 3 and 9 and I want to have an idea how everything will work out. Thanks.

    • Amanda July 14, 2013 at 3:43 am #

      Well today I went to visit my husband. The kids and I checked in at 9:00am and our visit lasted all day in tell 3:00pm. Now I am wondering how many visitors he is allowed to have.

      • PrisonPath July 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

        Hi Amanda,

        Please note the following information:

        Visiting
        The main Denver Complex diagnostic intake units are temporary facility assignments which provide assessment and classification of all incoming offenders. During an offender’s brief incarceration at these processing units, only five (5) visitors, including children may be approved on an offenders visiting list. All visitors must apply for visiting privileges utilizing CDOC Form 300-01 Attachment “A”. Offenders are responsible for contacting their visitors and advising them of the hours and regulations regarding visiting days, special visits, and visiting status.

  8. Geri July 15, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    How soon can an offender call home after he is brought in to DRDC?

    • PrisonPath July 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      Hi Geri,

      The inmate should be able to communicate after several days. Note the following information.

      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.

      Inmate Phone System

      Colorado Inmate Phone System ( CIPS ) is the phone system used in Colorado correctional facilities.

      May 1, 2013 CIPS CONVERSION OF COLLECT CALLS

      VAC/GTL is making changes to their collect call (V-Connect). Effective May 6, 2013 any party(ies) that are wishing to set up a NEW account to receive collect calls from an offenders must contact Offender Connect at 1-800-913-6097 or at (www.offenderconnect.com). All existing accounts that have balances will automatically be transferred to the new system (Offender Connect) on June 24, 2013. No disruption should
      For more information, click this link.

      • Juan Rodriguez April 16, 2019 at 4:24 am #

        hi can anyone tell me if i send my daughter money while shes in drdc can she take that money thats in her books with her and her hygen items as well

  9. melissa August 14, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    I have a deffered judgment can i still go see someone in drdc

    • PrisonPath November 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      Hi Melissa,

      We recommend that you contact the facility about this issue of a deferred judgement restricting visitation.

  10. Mrs. Hendricks September 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    I would love to see my husband for my Birthday in November Iam out of State in florida Can I see Him the same Day I visit the DR&DC??

  11. danielle littleton October 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    where do i send the visitor application and whom do i address it to

  12. Judy November 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    I want to visit my son where do i get an application?

    • PrisonPath November 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

      Hi Judy,

      For a visitor application to the Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center, click application.

      For information about prison life, read 25 Rules.

  13. Donna Wolcott December 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    I will like to get information about visitations to my son Celso Medina how would I go as in requesting a visit?

    • PrisonPath December 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      Hi Donna,

      Please note the following information about visitation at Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center:
      Applying for Visitation at a Public Facility

      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.

  14. sabrina January 10, 2014 at 2:56 am #

    If I was on a offender visiting list 5 years ago and just applied to visit my finace will I get approved to see him?

  15. Teresa Armstrong July 16, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    This is my first time dealing with a facility. I am having trouble getting in touch with my husband who is an inmate there. How do I know if the visitation has been approved? I sent in the application and a letter to the Administrative
    Head for permission as the victim. What is the status?

    Concerned and confused,

    Teresa

    • PrisonPath July 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

      Hi Teresa,

      Please note the following information:

      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.

      We recommend contacting the administrative head if it has been over 30 days. If he has not responded to your letter, call his office.

      For information about prison life, read the 25 Rules.

  16. Leean Bradburn March 25, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    My son was transferred to DRDC to be paroled after sentencing on Monday, March 21. How long does that process usually take? Will he be released from DRDC? I’d just like to know more about how that process works.

  17. Shannon Kelley April 2, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    My Fiancee was transferred to your facility on the 27th of March from Washington County. I had to call every facility in the state of Colorado to find him. Is there a waiting period before he can call me to let me know if he is ok or needs anything.

    • Shannon Kelley April 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

      And why is he still listed under Washington County. Even his P.O. is not responding to any of my questions

  18. Shannon Kelley April 4, 2017 at 4:27 am #

    Why has my question not been answered?

  19. tammy April 24, 2017 at 3:05 am #

    My husband was transferred to DRDC on Friday when will he be able to call me to let me know he is okay. And how will he be able to know that I already have a calling account ready for him to call me?

  20. Kristen May 27, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

    My husband was transferred to DRDC for processing and to meet with the parole board. He was transferred on the 23 of may and it’s now the 27th of may and I have not heard from him. How long will it be before he is allowed to contact me?

  21. adeline herrera June 2, 2017 at 1:20 am #

    How long until we hear from inmate at drdc

  22. Ceaira October 10, 2018 at 3:07 am #

    My inmate is currently at drdc. When I called to set up a visit the officer said he wasn’t allowed to have any visits this weekend because he was on the transfer list to be sent to his permanent facility. The officer then said to check online under transport to find out where my inmate was being sent but i havent found that information. Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to look up the transport information and find out what facility he will be sent to pretty please and thank you.

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