The interior of the Colorado State Penitentiary in Cañon City, photographed sometime between 1920 and 1940. A law passed in 1889 required all state executions to occur inside the walls of Colorado State Penitentiary. (Harry Mellon Rhoads, Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library)

TIMELINE: The death penalty in Colorado

Breaking down Colorado's history of capital punishment, plus a searchable database of death penalty cases since 1979.

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Nicolais: Hell might be freezing over, but it’s time to address campaign finance laws

Decades of campaign finance laws to get money out of politics have only made our system demonstrably worse – so maybe it's time to try something different