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Colorado’s first prison internet radio program begins airing from behind bars 

Clad in a forest green jumpsuit and large headphones over his ears, Anthony Quintana leans into the microphone and welcomes listeners to Colorado’s first statewide prison internet radio station. He’s been behind bars for 33 years, isolated from family and the outside world, but today his voice can reach most cells in Colorado’s state prison […]

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A lot more drugs are being confiscated in Colorado prisons as inmates die from overdoses

Prison staff had no idea what was happening when an inmate suddenly lost consciousness at the Limon Correctional Facility in May. It turned out the man was overdosing from fentanyl that had been snuck into the facility on the Eastern Plains. The drug is an opioid said to be 50 times more potent than heroin […]

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Nearly half of all people released from prison in Colorado return in 3 years. A $1.1 million program aims to reverse the trend.

The No. 1 concern state leaders are hearing from business owners is that it’s hard to find employees to fill their current job openings. And for that reason, the timing for a new initiative to encourage businesses to employ formerly incarcerated people in Colorado couldn’t come at a better time, Gov. Jared Polis said on […]

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

CAÑON CITY — Hundreds of horses, noses to the dusty ground, nibbled on alfalfa hay spread in thin rows across a wide pasture.   In one direction, the Wet Mountains jutted toward a bluebird sky. On the other, guard towers and tops of Colorado state penitentiary buildings, some encircled with loops of razor-tipped wire, loomed above […]

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Appeals court revives prisoner-release lawsuit against Colorado governor

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press The Colorado Court of Appeals on Thursday revived a lawsuit filed by inmates against Gov. Jared Polis at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic seeking to reduce the prison population and other measures to prevent the spread of the virus. A lower court dismissed the case against the governor […]

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

Four Colorado prison inmates have died since Wednesday after apparently contracting COVID-19, bringing the total number of prisoners in the state whose deaths have been linked to the coronavirus to 24.  The new fatalities come even as active coronavirus cases in Colorado Department of Corrections facilities are decreasing after a spike that matched the worst […]

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Colorado prisoner dies after having coronavirus-like symptoms

Another inmate from a Colorado prison has died after suffering coronavirus-like symptoms. The 58-year-old man, who was being housed at Fremont Correctional Facility, died Tuesday at Littleton Adventist Hospital. He had been moved to a hospital in Cañon City on Oct. 14 after having symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and was later transferred to Littleton Adventist. […]