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.
9 hours ago | Crime
Everybody knows that crime doesn't pay — at least, not in any of the 129 episodes of Dragnet available on Netflix. But one notorious state inmate has figured out how to make the risky business of breaking out of prison pay off. According to the te...
4 days ago | News
A new report on the use of solitary confinement in America's prisons and jails, highly critical of the practice and challenging many common myths about who's in lockdown and why, looks closely at recent reform efforts in the Colorado prison system...
7 days ago | News
In January, Frank Ruybalid, the embattled top prosecutor for Colorado's Third Judicial District, resolved a long-running state ethics investigation by pleading guilty to thirteen violations of professional conduct rules for attorneys, essentially ...
9 days ago | News
When Dennis Gallagher steps down as city auditor in nine weeks, at the end of his third and final term, his departure will mark the end of one of the most impressive — and long-lived — careers in elected office in state history. Gallagher was an o...
10 days ago | Environment
In a move that could have far-reaching implications for the the West's ailing coal industry, a federal judge in Denver has ruled that U.S. Department of Interior officials failed to follow the law in approving expansion plans at two Colorado coal-...
22 days ago | Environment
Most of the Denver residents old enough to remember the 1965 flood were, of course, quite young at the time — some in their teens or twenties, others mere children on the night the South Platte brought the city to its knees. To a kid, an event of ...