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

The Denver jail keeps unreliable data on its mental health programs, is failing to adequately monitor its contracts with mental health providers and could not show whether its transgender inmates are housed according to their preference, according to an audit released Thursday.  The Denver Sheriff Department offers an array of programs to help inmates deal […]

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

A 2019 law that restored voting rights to more than 11,000 people on parole in Colorado is driving new voter registration efforts ahead of the November election. The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership are aiming to register 5,000 people who are out on parole. An earlier effort that […]

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

Since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last week, protests have erupted throughout the country and around the world in a collective outcry against police brutality and the generations of pain left in its wake. “The death of George has been a tipping point,” said Lindsay Minter, a community leader who helped organize peaceful protests at […]

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

When the new coronavirus emerged in Colorado, the Denver Sheriff Department knew it would need protective masks to limit the spread of the illness in the close quarters of its Downtown Detention Center and in the larger Denver County Jail on Smith Road. Disposable surgical masks donated by the Denver Health Foundation filled the immediate […]

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

Every day, Greeley-Evans District 6 school cafeterias serve fruits and vegetables that look like real fruits and vegetables, because they are. Most of the meals are made from scratch. And the district, which serves about 14,000 meals a day, is working with about a dozen local farmers to add more fresh produce to the school […]

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

Gov. Jared Polis’ signed a bill Thursday preventing people accused of many low-level offenses — such as petty, traffic or most municipal charges — from being jailed because they can’t pay their cash bail. That also means people currently locked up in Colorado on those types of charges, who are unable to pay their bail, […]

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

Women locked up in state prisons have access to free tampons, but that’s not the case in all of Colorado’s jails. House Bill 1224 making its way through the Colorado General Assembly mandates that every county and municipal jail offer free feminine hygiene products to inmates who need them. Colorado lawmakers in 2017 passed a […]