Alan Prendergast has been a staff writer for Westword since 1995 and teaches journalism at Colorado College. His stories about the justice system, historic crimes, high-security prisons and death by misadventure have won numerous awards and appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including the 2012 true-crime anthology Seven Sins, The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 and The Best American Sports Writing 2009. He has also written for Rolling Stone, Outside, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Men’s Journal and other national publications and is the author of a book about child abuse and parricide, The Poison Tree.
10 days ago | News
The Colorado Supreme Court sided with the Colorado Department of Corrections this week in squelching a long-simmering, convoluted debate over whether the state isn't properly calculating credits that take time off inmates' sentences. It's a decisi...
11 days ago | News
With a million-dollar war chest, the deadline past for any new candidates and a lack of strong opposition, Michael B. Hancock is a shoo-in for re-election as Denver’s mayor on May 5. Over the past four years he’s presided over a roaring economy, t...
16 days ago | News
A five-year effort to prosecute a hunting-guide operation responsible for the illegal killing of close to fifty bobcats and a dozen mountain lions came to a muted close in federal court in Denver yesterday, as the last defendant in the case was se...
19 days ago | Crime
This past week wasn't a particularly bright one for criminal justice reform advocates in Colorado, as two high-profile parolees fell under scrutiny for less-than-stellar behavior. First came a 9News report about how Joaquin Garcia, a 30-year-old m...
25 days ago | News
Like most military veterans, Wayne Littrell is accustomed to the foot-dragging, the red tape, the hurry-up-and-wait mentality involved in dealing with the government. He's aware of the news reports concerning the scandalous delays and neglect that...
1 month ago | News
As discussed here a few weeks ago, a new report issued by the Prison Policy Initiative takes a harsh look at the burgeoning video visitation business in prisons and jails. More than 500 detention facilities across the country now co...