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Posted on: July 8, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Public Invited to Tour Inside of Pitkin County Jail

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Newly Renovated Facility Reflects Inmate Treatment Philosophy

Guided tours of the newly renovated Pitkin County Jail will be offered to the public at an Open House on Wednesday July 13th between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. This is a unique opportunity for the public to walk through the facility before inmates, who’ve been housed in the Garfield County Jail during the renovation, return to Aspen.

During the renovation new carpet and a sprinkler system were installed, cells were made ADA compliant given a fresh coat of paint. The cells surround a central, open living area that includes tables, chairs, telephones, and a modified kitchen. The facility also includes a full-sized basketball court and weight lifting equipment.

“We’re proud of the facility and thought this would be a good opportunity to show the public our ‘direct supervision’ jail,” said Jail Administrator, Don Bird. “We think the design of the jail, which was built in 1984, compliments our philosophy of treating inmates with as much dignity as possible while they are incarcerated here,” Bird said.

Tour participants may access the jail through its sally port entrance directly behind the Pitkin County Courthouse. There is no public parking adjacent to the facility.

“An opportunity like this to open our jail to the public doesn’t happen very often,” said Pitkin County Sheriff, Joe DiSalvo. “If you’ve heard about the jail or been curious about it, I recommend taking this opportunity to see it for yourself,” DiSalvo said.

Contact: Joe DiSalvo - 970-920-5300

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