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Colorado places a moratorium on new prison intakes during pandemic The plan comes as...

Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order on Wednesday that effectively blocks new inmates from entering the state’s prisons in an effort to manage...

Gov. Jared Polis calls on law enforcement to reduce arrests during pandemic The governor...

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday called on law enforcement to issue citations and summons in lieu of arrests for certain crimes in an effort...
Death penalty

Colorado abolishes the death penalty Gov. Jared Polis also commuted the death sentences of...

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday signed into a law a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado for any convictions on or after...
Photo of the Adams County Justice Center, taken Friday, Mar. 13, 2020.

Months-long death penalty jury trial starts despite coronavirus crisis “This is unreal," civil rights...

UPDATE: On Monday, March 23, District Judge Mark Warner cited health concerns when postponing proceedings in Dearing's trial until April 6. The death penalty trial against...

Colorado public defenders seek to release people from jail before COVID-19 outbreak Three-quarters of...

Colorado's public defenders are asking judges across the state to release jail inmates out of concern they could be hardest hit by COVID-19, the...
Attorneys in a Colorado death penalty case have filed a motion for the court to protect prospective jurors from coronavirus. (Photo by Getty Images)

Colorado attorneys argue jury selection amid pandemic putting people at ‘needless and severe risk’...

Lawyers for a Colorado death penalty defendant say the court is subjecting scores of prospective jurors “to needless and severe risk” of contracting the...
Illustration credit: Mark Castillo with graphic elements from www.vecteezy.com

News organizations ask court to unseal arrest affidavit for stepmother facing murder charge

A consortium of news organizations Monday asked an El Paso County District Court judge to unseal the affidavit that outlines why authorities arrested Letecia...

Centennial South, a Colorado prison shuttered in 2012, reopens Lawmakers authorized Centennial South's reopening...

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday signed into law a bill to reopen Centennial South Correctional Facility in Cañon City, marking a new chapter in...

Leaving a halfway house can land you in prison. That could soon change The...

In 2010, Jenny Chestnut said she was found guilty of shoplifting and sentenced to serve three years in a halfway house in Greeley. After...
The state Capitol on Jan. 8, 2020, the opening day of the session. (Photo by John Herrick)

Death penalty passes the House after hours of debate focused on victims Pro-capital punishment...

Update: This story was originally published on Feb. 25, 2020, when the House passed the death penalty repeal bill by a voice vote. It...
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