Aurora Detention Facility3130 North Oakland Street
Aurora, CO 80010
Phone: (303) 361-6612
Fax: (303) 341-2652 Capacity: 1,532
Client: U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Accreditations: American Correctional Association (ACA) National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)
BACKGROUND: GEO was awarded the contract for the Aurora Detention Facility under a competitive bid process in December 1986 for approximately 150 detainees on behalf of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), now known as US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
SCOPE OF WORK: GEO is under contract provides the secure care, custody and control of detainees on behalf of ICE. In addition, GEO provides detainees with comprehensive medical services and secure transportation.
FACILITY DESCRIPTION: The current structure is a 300,301 sq. ft. pre-cast building located on over four acres. In addition to living quarters for detainees, the building contains a kitchen, laundry, medical unit, multi-purpose room, staff lounge, administrative offices, visitor and reception areas with adjoining holding and segregation cells, complete courtroom facilities and indoor and outdoor recreational areas. Phase I: The original $2.3 million facility was designed, financed, constructed and furnished by The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO). The construction of the building was completed within 150 days of contract signature. The detainee living areas are of radial design permitting both direct supervision and electronic surveillance. These factors contribute significantly to the safety and security of the detainees, as well as providing inherent operating efficiencies. Phase II: In August 1992, under a new contract with the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), the land size was doubled and the capacity of the facility was increased. Cost for this improvement was approximately $3 million. The additional unit was designed and constructed by GEO and provides custody levels for minimum, medium, and maximum-security male detainees, and minimum to medium security for female detainees. Phase III: In August 1998, construction was initiated for an expansion in the dormitories. Additional capacity expansions followed in 2000, 2003 and 2006. Phase IV: In October 2007, the facility underwent an additional expansion which was completed in July 2010, bringing the campus to its current design capacity.
ACCREDITATION: This facility achieved initial accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 1989, and reaccreditation in 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2014. The facility’s medical unit was accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) in April 1990, and re-accredited in 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009.