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Prison News | Colorado

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in Colorado. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.


Education & Rehabilitation

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Gangs in Prison

Health & Medical Treatment

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Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

  • Colorado agrees to pay inmate $500,000 for alleged prison beating
    DenverColorado has agreed to pay $500,000 to a convicted murderer serving a life sentence who allegedly suffered a prison beating at the hands of a guard, an incident a federal jury initially awarded him a record $6 million over. The award was rescinded in a second trial....[more]

  • Colorado prison chief seeks reform of U.S. solitary confinement practices
    DENVER, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Colorado's prisons chief wants nationwide reform of solitary confinement practices after he

    spent 20 hours in an isolation cell to experience conditions firsthand, and has already begun making changes in his own state, a spokesman said on Friday.


  • DOC chief: Parole supervision needs improvement
    DENVER (AP) — The head of Colorado's correctional system told lawmakers Friday his department needs to improve the monitoring of parolees, and that officials are considering using cellphones instead of electronic bracelets to do so....[more]

  • Colorado Department of Corrections trucking in water to Sterling Correctional Facility
    STERLING, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Corrections is trucking water 200 miles from its dairy in Canon City to the Sterling Correctional Facility, after the city's water supply was found to have exceeded federal limits for uranium....[more]

  • Colo. lawmakers to examine state parole program after former inmates abscond
    DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers will question prison officials about how they're supervising inmates on parole in light of cases where former inmates slipped out of monitoring bracelets, including a man suspected of killing the state's ......[more]

  • Alamosa County finds outsourcing prisoners less expensive
    ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) - Alamosa County Sheriff Dave Stong said rising jail costs are making it cheaper to send prisoners to other facilities because the county is getting a "cut-rate deal," based on the rising number of county prisoners....[more]

  • Study says Colorado prisons at capacity
    Independent report finds that the state is "where it needs to be" in terms of prison facilities, with a small surplus of beds. An independent prison utilization study released Thursday found that no Colorado facilities at this time need to ......[more]

  • Colorado Department of Corrections released killer by mistake in 2002
    DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Department of Corrections revised its procedures after a white supremacist killer who was supposed to be serving life in prison was released by mistake in 2002, another in a continuing list of problems for the ......[more]

Prison Conditions & Corruption

Prison Life & Culture

  • Woman who gave birth alone in Denver jail cell sues city authorities
    A woman who gave birth alone in her jail cell in Denver is suing the city after deputies and nurses allegedly ignored her pleas for help during about five hours of labour...[more]

  • Colorado prisons chief orders Sterling review after 6th inmate killed
    Colorado prison chief Rick Raemisch has ordered a review of the circumstances leading to the murders of six inmates at Sterling Correctional Facility over the past four years, officials said Wednesday. Cody Gray, who was serving a life prison sentence for a sex offense, was the latest casualty. He killed Monday morning in a general population cell, said Adrienne Jacobson, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Corrections. The review will consider whether mistakes have been made in the classifications of inmates, which dictates whether they are placed in secure prisons. “It’s a high number,” Jacobson said, referring to the six murders. “M...[more]

  • Supermax killer pleads guilty, gets life
    Gary Watland, 51, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court, interrupting jury selection proceedings. Judge John L. Kane sentenced Watland to life without parole without comment....[more]

  • Boulder County Jail spike in female inmates pushes some into another jail
    BOULDER -- A toilet shared by three women -- in a jail cell meant for one -- is affixed to a wall just a couple feet from where Stephanie Wellington sleeps....[more]

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

Suicides in Prison

  • Boulder County Jail inmate hangs himself in cell
    A 40-year-old man facing criminal impersonation and failure to pay charges appears to have committed suicide in his Boulder County Jail cell on Saturday night, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office....[more]

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