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Alan Prendergast

Alan Prendergast

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.

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  • 2 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...

  • 8 days 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...

  • 10 days ago | News

    An audio recording of a 2007 police shooting that turned a nineteen-year-old car thief suspect into a quadriplegic — and set up a long-running battle over his care in the state prison system — appears to contradict official accounts of how the sho...

  • 14 days ago | Environment

    The campaign to seek national monument designation status for a rugged stretch of canyons, meadows and forests between Buena Vista and Salida, which recently shifted from a long-running battle in Congress to a call for executive action, is about t...

  • 20 days ago | News

    This week's cover story, “The Long Way Home,” examines the unusual, long-running fallout from a fatal hit-and-run on the streets of Aurora. The 1991 incident took the life of one sixteen-year-old, Danny Goetsch, and sent another, Dietrick Mitchell...

  • 21 days ago | News

    On a freakishly warm Tuesday in February, a group of activists gathered downtown to announce that they are bringing their anti-fracking campaign to Denver. More specifically, they are bringing it to Hizzoner, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, urging h...