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Opioid-addiction treatment slips on priority list as Senate advances state budget...

State Sen. Brittany Pettersen never figured she would have to fight so hard to persuade her colleagues to expand opioid-addiction treatment in Colorado. The...

Guest Post: Prisons don’t work; let’s stop pretending otherwise 'The rate...

Colorado was in the news recently as commentators speculated where Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman would serve his sentence. Several outlets pointed to ADX, the...

State lawmakers allot $2 million for overtime pay as prison guard...

State lawmakers allocated $2 million to the Department of Corrections on Thursday to help cover the costs of overtime pay for prison guards for...

Amid a growing opioid epidemic, lawmakers hope to end drug-addiction withdrawal...

On a warm spring day in 2015, Sarah Blair was stranded at a Safeway in Thornton with no car and a dead cell phone....

Lawmakers eye drug sentencing reforms to ease projected prison population growth...

Editors note: House Democrats introduced a bill to change the penalties for drug possession on March 22. The department that oversees Colorado’s prisons is again asking the...

Senators push to reopen state prison in final week of the...

Update: The House Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 along party lines to kill the bill on Tuesday.  A last-ditch effort to open a controversial high-security prison...

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...

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.

Legislators take aim at solitary confinement

A bill to reduce the numbers of mentally ill and developmentally disabled prisoners in solitary confinement was introduced Monday by Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, and Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder.