"It's an event where we'll be able to ask the public-health, prevention and treatment communities, 'How can we all work together to end the war on drug users and place this issue where it belongs -- within the umbrella of public health, as opposed to addressing it from a criminal-justice standpoint. ... More >>
There was a time in the mid-1990s when Dorothy Rupert, then a state senator from Boulder, made a point out of touring every prison in Colorado. No easy feat, since at the time the state had the fastest-growing corrections system in the country. "I was just appalled at the rapid growth," Rupert recal ... More >>
Our post about a bill to reduce penalties for meth possession pitted AG John Suthers, who believes lower sentences will promote drug use, against Christie Donner, a legislation-supporter who advocates treatment over incarceration for low-level users. Readers debated these points, too; here's a post ... More >>
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is currently in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act. But in his absence, his office registered his objections to Senate Bill 12-163, which would, among other things, make possession of meth a misdemeanor rather than a cla ... More >>
Forty years ago today, President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs -- and according to protesters who gathered at Skyline Park earlier today, that's forty years too many for a failed policy that's done more damage than good not only to America, but to countries around the world.
There's nothing quite like the transition from doing hard time to looking for a job in hard times. Every year, Colorado's prison system sends about 10,000 felons back to society -- and roughly two-thirds of them end up back in prison within three years. In most cases, their return is not due ... More >>
"We were lucky that day": Colorado Department of Corrections Sgt. Bill Nelson describes responding to a 2007 inmate attack on Limon staffer Pam Kahanic (left).At first glance, the idea of tapping into the badly stretched state budget for a few million to open one wing of a new supermax prison ... More >>
Two-thirds of the 10,000 people released from Colorado prisons on parole this year will be back behind bars by 2010. Parole revocations now account for 37% of all prison admissions in the state, costing close to $80 million a year. The reasons behind the staggering failure rate of parole have been ... More >>
Shipping inmates to private prisons is Colorado's cheap solution to overcrowding and violence. But so far, it's cost plenty.
The Denver Drug Court tests a formula for reclaiming addicts.
The legislature redefines a public nuisance
From the week of December 13, 2001
The pendulum is swinging back from stiff mandatory sentences for drug offenses.
As inmates attempt to defy guards and air grievances, a wave of brutal "forced cell entries" rocks Colorado's supermax prison.
COLORADO'S HIGHEST-SECURITY PRISON ISN'T JUST FOR TOUGH GUYS.