How expensive is it to call Colorado jails and prisons? Lawmakers want to find out.
Two companies, Securus and Global Tel Link, dominate the market for phone services at correctional facilities. Lawmakers have a plan to force transparency into the costs to families and inmates.
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.
In Colorado prisons and jails, a piecemeal approach to the threat of coronavirus
“The introduction of COVID-19 into the corrections system could have devastating results,” Colorado's prisons director says.
Gov. Polis said he wanted to close a private prison. GEO Group beat him to it, leaving Colorado scrambling.
The Cheyenne Mountain Reentry Center will shutter on March 7, leaving 642 inmates and 180 employees in limbo. Colorado says it will likely mean jail backlogs, parole releases and prison crowding.