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.
1 month ago | Crime
He spent more than thirty years in solitary confinement.
2 months ago | Crime
Richard Boccardi spent half his adult life behind bars, but he might have the last laugh.
3 months ago | Colorado History
Twenty years after the day that changed everything, Columbine has also become a case study for the long-range trauma inflicted by a mass shooting.
5 months ago | Crime
In the federal prison where snitches where often targeted for death, a master criminal became King Rat — and turned his life around.
6 months 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.
7 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.