Colorado prisons are making big profits from charging inmates for phone calls and other personal items, but they’re struggling to break even from shops run by inmate labor.
A year after a Colorado inmate held in solitary confinement allegedly gunned down the state prisons chief upon being released, lawmakers are moving to restrict use of the punishment for the mentally ill.
A man serving a life sentence for two murders he committed when he was a teenager has hanged himself, and a prison reform advocate says he had lost hope in a sentencing review process triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Colorado’s new Corrections Department director is promising to reform solitary confinement policies after spending the night in an isolated cell, an experiment he said left him “feeling twitchy and paranoid.”
The Colorado Department of Corrections has chosen a new leader for its much criticized parole division.
Colorado prison officials are being directed to stop placing mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement as the corrections department continues to decrease the number of people on administrative segregation.
The number of Colorado inmates in solitary confinement is declining and prison officials say they’re looking at changing policies to continue the trend.
Rick Raemisch, the new executive director of Colorado’s corrections department, today ripped his own parole and corrections departments for having ‘lax’ policies, misguided procedures and a recidivism rate he described as ‘embarrassingly high’.
The head of Colorado prisons told lawmakers his department needs to improve the monitoring of parolees, and that officials are considering using cell phones instead of electronic bracelets to do so.
The Colorado Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee began investigating Thursday what one legislator described as an ‘ongoing culture of problems’ within the state parole department.