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Colorado’s prison population is dropping, but not fast enough, advocates say...

Colorado's prison population has dropped to the lowest level since 2004, according to reports from the Colorado Department of Corrections.  As of April 30, the...

As COVID-19 spreads in Colorado prison, the phone lines go silent...

Update: This story was published on April 24 at 9:30 a.m. On Friday afternoon, DOC said it tested 473 inmates at Sterling on Wednesday...

Why Colorado sent an inmate to one of America’s most dangerous...

Rats and roaches. Food trays strewn across the floor. Inmates pulling feces out of clogged toilets. That’s how Colorado inmate Jimmy Valanzuela described his living...

Parole-eligible inmates would be released under new bill — to boost...

With thousands of parole-eligible inmates behind bars in a state prison system that’s filled to capacity, lawmakers are pushing criminal justice reforms aimed at...

Polis calls for re-opening Cañon City prison as back-up to reform...

This story was updated at 4 p.m. on Friday with reaction from lawmakers and edited for clarity  Gov. Jared Polis wants to re-open a mothballed...

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...

Nearly half of Colorado inmates are parole eligible but still behind...

Roughly 8,700 Colorado inmates — 43 percent of Colorado's entire 20,200-person prison population — are eligible for parole. Yet they remain behind bars. It's a situation...

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 at odds with Hickenlooper administration over leasing private prison

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration doubled down on its calls to open a shuttered private prison, saying efforts by lawmakers to enact sentencing reforms instead...

Hickenlooper Appoints New Director to Department of Corrections

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday appointed Wisconsin’s former prisons chief, Rick Raemisch, as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. For his part, Raemisch described himself in a prepared statement as “a strong law and order individual, but I also believe that people can change.”
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