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.
17 days ago | Media
Scarcely eighteen months after Colorado prison authorities began distributing 19,000 "free" electronic tablets to state prisoners, the devices have been confiscated because of "unforeseen security issues."
2 months ago | Crime
There may or may not be a special place in hell for terrorists, but there is a special place in Colorado for them — a place for jihadists, conspirators, failed suicide bombers, and more. Its name is H Unit.
2 months ago | News
After a six-year battle with federal regulators, Zen Magnets wins some breathing room — and an important court ruling.
3 months ago | Crime
A woman who spent ten years in prison before being cleared of any wrongdoing has filed a federal lawsuit against two investigators, claiming that they fabricated evidence to convict her of fatally injuring her 19-month-old son.
3 months ago | Business
An investigation into where the money went provides a glimpse into the backstage feuding and maneuvering among investors in Denver's premiere hotel.
6 months ago | News
To battle drugs smuggled in the mail, the Colorado Department of Corrections will no longer allow inmates to receive post cards, greeting cards, or "any items containing drawings."