DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s shuttered solitary confinement prison will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday rejected a measure to renovate Centennial Correctional Facility-South so it can house the general prison population.READ MORE: Jeffco Public Schools Aims To Offer Flexibility With Remote Learning Next Fall
The Department of Corrections for years has sought funding from the legislature to do so. Officials say they’re running out of prison space.
The $208 million prison opened in 2010 and closed two years later, because the state phased out solitary confinement.READ MORE: COVID In Aurora: Signs For Vaccine Become Sticking Point Between Clinic & City
The general population renovations are projected to cost $11 million. The department proposes adding a recreational yard and making other changes needed to house inmates and administer a re-entry program.
Opponents want the state to jail fewer people. They worry that if the facility is renovated, the state will fill it with inmates.MORE NEWS: Douglas County Schools To Bring Middle & High School Students Back After Spring Break
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