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A prisoner at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility and her daughter spend time doing crafts together in the gym on a recent Saturday. (Photo by Annaleisa for the DU Prison Arts Initiative)

Women inmates get time with families and ‘sense of normalcy’ in DU arts program...

The Denver Women’s Correctional Facility stands between a train track and Sand Creek on the east side of the city. Rows of taut razor...

ADX, the federal supermax prison in Colorado, is force-feeding hunger strikers The Colorado Independent...

The United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility, also known as ADX, in Florence, Colo., is the highest security prison in the country, housing inmates...

“Beyond Reform”: What Michael Hancock has – and hasn’t – fixed in Denver’s troubled...

Late last August, Mayor Michael Hancock and his top safety officials held a news conference to celebrate what they called “a major milestone” in...

Colorado prison inmates can now receive greeting cards. Are free phone calls next? New...

Dean Williams, the new head of Colorado’s Department of Corrections, says he wants to bring a “culture change” to prisons so that the state’s...

Capitol Review: Criminal justice reforms address prison overcrowding, economic inequities

Editor’s note: The Indy is publishing a series of stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on criminal justice. Other...
A whiteboard inside the Harm Reduction Action Center in Denver on Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo by John Herrick)

Capitol review: Lawmakers chipped away at opioid epidemic with 6 bills Heroin and fentanyl...

Editor’s note: The Indy is publishing a series of short stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on opioids. We also wrote...

Bail, jail reforms promise relief for Colorado’s poorest

Colorado took a first step this week toward reforming a cash bail system that burdens the state’s poorest defendants. House Bill 1225, which eliminates cash...

Colorado could restore voting rights to 9,000 felons this year County clerks and secretary...

Colorado isn’t planning to let people vote from prison any time soon, but about 9,000 convicted felons could win back their right to vote...

Amid flurry of criminal justice reforms, lawmakers seek to reopen prison Sen. Leroy Garcia...

Update: The bill, SB-259, was introduced April 19. We updated the story with some specifics in the bill.  Colorado lawmakers this session are moving ahead...

Police officers who lie could be banned from serving in Colorado Bipartisan bill would...

Here’s the good news: about 99.5% of the nearly 14,000 cops in Colorado are not fired for knowingly lying in police reports, when they’re...