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Women leaving prison in Colorado are released without much-needed resources

Colorado lawmakers are rethinking a 2019 law that made possessing thousands of lethal fentanyl doses a misdemeanor

The 2019 passage of House Bill 1263, which had bipartisan support, made possession of up to 4 grams of almost all drugs for personal use a misdemeanor

Politics and Government

Opinion: Legislation to reduce Colorado’s jail populations makes sense for safety and social justice

Arrests should be reduced because jail is a dehumanizing and often traumatizing experience that violently disrupts families and communities, and can destroy lives.

Opinion Columns

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.

Politics and Government

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.

Politics and Government

Rep. Amabile: Solitary confinement is tantamount to torture. Our bill would restrict it in Colorado’s jails.

Prolonged isolation behind bars is cruel, inhumane, degrading treatment and harmful to health.

Opinion Columns

Mask rules in jails vary from county to county as pandemic worsens in Colorado

In El Paso County, site of one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in the state people who are jailed only recently started receiving cloth masks to protect themselves

Coronavirus

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.

Coronavirus

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.

Crime and Courts

11,467 Colorado parolees can now vote after new law goes into effect

A new law banning vaping indoors, in places like restaurants and workplaces, also went into effect Monday

Crime and Courts

Lake County Sheriff’s Office unlawfully billed inmates for the costs of locking them up, grand jury says

A rare public report by a grand jury shows how dysfunction in the Colorado mountain community led to over a dozen inmates being wrongly billed thousands of dollars.

A look at how policies passed during Colorado’s 2019 legislative session will impact you

How most the new state laws will affect Coloradans will take weeks, months or years to see. But others are more immediate.

Politics and Government

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

From bail reform to restoring voting rights and sealing records, Colorado’s criminal justice system is getting a makeover

A slate of bills making their way through the Colorado legislature would keep people out of jail, reduce penalties for some crimes and remove barriers for offenders once they are released from prison. Many of the measures have bipartisan support, but In some cases law enforcement want the brakes pumped.

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