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Where did the wild horses removed from Sand Wash Basin go? A Colorado state prison.

Mustang advocates who wanted the horses to remain free now are frustrated by a lack of access to holding pens at the prison. One beloved horse was euthanized.


Appeals court revives prisoner-release lawsuit against Colorado governor

The lawsuit was brought by lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a group of inmates whose medical conditions made them more vulnerable to COVID-19 in May 2020

Politics and Government

Four more Colorado prisoners die after suspected coronavirus infections, bringing pandemic total to 24

The new fatalities come even as active coronavirus cases in Colorado Department of Corrections facilities are decreasing


Colorado prisoner dies after having coronavirus-like symptoms

The inmate becomes the fourth to die in Colorado after falling ill with symptoms consistent with COVID-19


Julian Assange may end up at Colorado’s Supermax prison, U.K. court is told

U.S. prosecutors have indicted the 49-year-old Assange on 17 espionage charges and one charge of computer misuse over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret American military documents a decade ago


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

A rite of initiation provides a violent — but welcome — admission to an eternal bond

In this excerpt from "You Who Enter Here," author Erika T. Wurth introduces us to the prison gang culture so coveted by the protagonists of her novel

Book Excerpts

A New Mexico sabbatical provided opportunity for research on Native gangs, and a start to a Colorado author’s novel

Erika T. Wurth knew her book was dark, and publishers initially shied away. But now she welcomes a "Native Renaissance."

SunLit Interviews

Former Denver police officer helps track down Colorado prison escapee who shot him decades ago

Luis Archuleta, 77, also known as Larry Pusateri, was arrested Wednesday in Espanola, New Mexico,

Crime and Courts

Inmate, staff member test positive for coronavirus at Buena Vista prison

Three Colorado prison inmates have died from the coronavirus so far


Colorado prison inmate dies after being taken to hospital with coronavirus symptoms

The 86-year-old man was taken from the Sterling Correctional Facility to a hospital on Monday. He died on Friday.


Jared Polis can commute the sentences of Colorado’s three death row inmates at any time

The governor said the cases of the three men waiting to die by lethal injection are not “ripe” for his review because he hasn’t received any clemency requests. But he doesn’t necessarily need anything to take action.

Politics and Government

“He seems like a very nice person”: Trump commutes sentence of Rod Blagojevich, who is being held in Colorado prison

The former Illinois governor was released Tuesday from the Englewood Federal Correctional Institution

Crime and Courts

Court sides with Colorado’s federal supermax prison in censorship case brought by magazine

The three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected an argument by the magazine's publisher, Prison Legal News, that a court order was warranted to prevent future censorship


Federal investigation launched into former Westminster cop sentenced to 90 days in jail for unlawful sexual contact

The sentence handed down against Curtis Lee Arganbright drew outrage from some. A federal case could bring him substantially more time behind bars.

Crime and Courts

Nicolais: How a prison gang-rape led to a glimmer of hope

As a part of a recent settlement, Colorado took a step toward addressing the unconscionable violence and abuse faced by transgender prisoners

Opinion Columns

Guard at Colorado women’s prison arrested by Denver police in attempted pimping case

Joshua Hensley, 38, was arrested Wednesday and is also accused of patronizing a prostitute

Crime and Courts

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

Politics and Government

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

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
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