Boulder County Jail
Colorado’s largest jails cut their populations because of coronavirus. Now the numbers are creeping back up.
Law enforcement stopped jailing people for petty offenses and in some counties, the census dropped by 45%. But data show that those changes were more of a precaution to mitigate infection than lasting change.
Colorado prisons have strict limits on when they can place inmates in solitary confinement. Jails could be next.
New legislation would require local jails to keep youth and people with certain medical or mental health conditions out of solitary confinement, with strict rules on when those individuals can be housed in isolation.