Alan Prendergast has been writing for Westword for over thirty years. He 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.
12 days ago | Crime
In the federal prison where snitches where often targeted for death, a master criminal became King Rat — and turned his life around.
1 month ago | Longform
The questions surrounding Matt Poer's death reflect a national debate over whether law enforcement has become too reliant on Tasers as a “less-than-lethal” use of force.
2 months ago | Crime
Sentenced to life in prison for a crime that occurred when he was seventeen, Jeff Johnson is one of the first of Colorado's juvie lifers to be released.
3 months ago | Colorado History
A group of social justice activists seeks to bring renewed attention to Colorado's long-buried history of lynchings — and to confront one particularly shocking and grotesque episode.
4 months ago | News
The Colorado Department of Corrections will spend $41 million over two years to provide life-saving drugs to 2200 prisoners who've been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C.
5 months ago | News
Colorado's longest-running land dispute enters a new round of lawyerly arguments this week, sixteen years after an historic court decision that awarded to hundreds of Costilla County residents rights of access to a mountain property that their anc...