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.
3 days ago | News
The Niyakko Rush, a youth soccer club comprised primarily of refugees living in a single apartment house in Aurora, scored free tickets to the Major League Soccer All-Star Game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday night. And that wasn't even...
11 days ago | News
A state inmate who was left a quadraplegic by police bullets during a bungled car-theft sting operation — and who subsequently filed a lawsuit against the officer who shot him — was quietly released from prison earlier this month on a special medi...
17 days ago | Media
The Church of Scientology has been taking a series of body blows in recent years from journalists and former members, ranging from multi-city protests organized by the hacker collective Anonymous to Lawrence Wright's New Yorker expose to the seari...
18 days ago | Things to Do
When you're young and behind bars, it can be difficult to keep hope alive. And it can get even tougher after setbacks such as the recent Colorado Supreme Court decisions that did little to modify the sentences of 48 prisoners in the state pr...
18 days ago | Crime
It's a truism among criminal justice scholars that crime doesn't pay — or, as the Denver Post used to sneer in big black type back in the heyday of Bonfils and Tammen, "Crime Never Pays." Offenders who wind up with a prison record are less likely ...
20 days ago | Crime
It's difficult to imagine a more severe form of long-term isolation than the past seven years of solitary confinement experienced by former Colombian rebel commander Simon Trinidad, the subject of this week's Westword cover story, "Gone Guerrilla....