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Lawmakers put the kibosh on leasing Huerfano prison, call for sentencing...

The Department of Corrections wants to reopen a shuttered prison in Walsenburg to house an expected rise in inmates next year, but lawmakers aren’t...

Legal settlement ends Colorado’s practice of denying inmates fresh air

Although fresh air and sunlight come free in Colorado, they have long been denied to hundreds of state prisoners, some of whom have gone...

Not a killing state: Is Colorado prepared for the death penalty?

Convicted murderer James Holmes is now awaiting his sentence. He faces the death penalty for his crimes, a punishment two-thirds of Coloradans believe he...

Lawmakers try to stop bleeding money on Colorado’s multimillion-dollar empty prison

For nearly three years the 948 solitary confinement cells of Colorado State Penitentiary II have stood empty outside Canon City, a hollow and expensive reminder of a corrections practice the state has largely abandoned. Now, lawmakers say they’re working on a plan to put the prison to use.

‘Ebel Effect’ drives surge in Colorado corrections spending

The problem has gone up enormously since the murder of prisons chief Tom Clements.

Clements Murder Suspect Ebel Was Anxious about Walking Free, Documents Show

Evan Ebel, suspected murderer of Prisons Chief Tom Clements, filed a series of grievances with the Department of Corrections shortly before his release from prison that document his concerns about transitioning directly from years in solitary confinement to the free world.

Slain Colorado Corrections Chief Clements No Friend to Prison Culture Inertia

Prison work is an insular occupation. Corrections officials tend to inhabit a culture unto themselves-- tight-lipped, low profile and tough as nails. Tom Clements was an exception.

Study casts doubt on whether private prisons save states money

In the wake of news that private prison corporations are spending millions of dollars lobbying for tougher immigration laws comes a study saying that privatizing prisons does not save taxpayers any money and may increase costs in some cases.

Solitary confinement bill pared down as DOC says it already plans...

Senate Bill 176, sponsored by Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, underwent a significant transformation when it was amended due to concerns from the Colorado Department of Corrections that the bill might interfere with changes already planned.

Bill curtailing solitary confinement faces changes to reduce cost

Amendments to strip off an expected fiscal note are on the way for a bill sponsors say would protect those with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities from being placed in solitary confinement while incarcerated.
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