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Denver Sheriff Department

Denver jail lacks strategy to deal with mental health, fails to adequately monitor array of contracts, audit says

The jail needs a fully electronic records system to track whether its mental health and substance abuse programs are working, Denver AuditorTimothy O’Brien said.


2 Denver deputies with COVID-19 die in less than 2 weeks

The Denver Sheriff's Department announced the death of Deputy Daniel “Duke” Trujillo on Thursday


Colorado parolees are now allowed to vote. And advocates are rushing to register them.

A 2019 law gave those convicted of felonies who are out on parole the ability to vote. People convicted of misdemeanors or awaiting trial in Colorado have long been able to vote.

Politics and Government

Day and night: Organizers of Denver protests say mayhem after dark is muddying their message

The daytime protests over George Floyd’s death have provided a space to collectively mourn and rally against police brutality. Many are heartbroken over the destruction that comes after dark.


A volunteer army has answered Colorado’s need for masks. Denver’s jails are one recent beneficiary.

With some catchy names and time on their hands, volunteers have helped power Colorado through its overwhelming demand by revving up their sewing machines


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.


How Colorado’s rural and urban food communities are coming together

Schools, other public institutions are buying locally sourced food spurred by policy, values. But labor, distribution and other issues are unresolved.


Colorado jails can’t hold people accused of low-level crimes in lieu of bail anymore. And that means current inmates could be released.

At least one Colorado county jail believes they have inmates who could have to be released under the new law

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s prisons offer free tampons to female inmates. The state’s jails might soon be required to as well.

House Bill 1224 arose out of an effort two years ago in the Colorado legislature. “There are jails that do not understand this,” said Denver Sheriff Department Chief Elias Diggins.

Crime and Courts