Leslie Herod

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As Democrats try to end private prisons in Colorado, critics warn of economic ruin for rural areas

A package of supplemental spending bills includes money to reopen a shuttered state prison as a private one closes

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Taxpayers are only covering Democrats’ legal fees in a partisan Colorado legislature lawsuit. Republicans say that’s unfair.

The case has cost taxpayers $40,000 and counting, more than half of which was appropriated without necessary lawmaker approval

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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.

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“We’ll see where it goes”: Impeachment has provided rocket fuel to the ascent of Colorado’s Joe Neguse

The 35-year-old congressman from Lafayette has risen quickly through the ranks of the Democratic Party in Colorado -- and the nation. What’s next?

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A new Colorado law makes possessing 13,000 fatal fentanyl doses a misdemeanor. Prosecutors are worried.

Colorado lawmakers this year passed a bill to reduce incarceration by making possession of 4 grams or less of most drugs a misdemeanor instead of a felony

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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

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A breakdown of the 8 issues Colorado lawmakers will study before the 2020 legislative session

The Democratic-led General Assembly is analyzing topics ranging from school safety and college affordability to private prisons and tax breaks

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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.

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

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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.