El Paso County jail
Colorado’s largest county jail is having one of its deadliest years of the decade — after just five months
A 48-year-old man who was found unresponsive in his cell at the El Paso County jail in April was the fourth inmate to die there in 2022 — and the seventh in roughly seven months.
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.