Prisons

Colorado Prisoners by the Disturbing Numbers

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Colorado Inmate Population
As of June 30, 2018

Ethnicity:

Caucasian
Male: 8,094 (45 percent)
Female: 1,050 (53 percent)

Hispanic
Male: 5,791 (32 percent)
Female: 603 (31 percent)

African-American
Male: 3,267 (18 percent)
Female: 216 (11 percent)

Native American
Male: 607 (3 percent)
Female: 82 (4 percent)

Asian
Male: 229 (1 percent)
Female: 20 (1 percent)

Age Range:

15-19 years old
Male: 78 (Under 1 percent)
Female: 12 (1 percent)

20-29 years old
Male: 4,399 (24 percent)
Female: 577 (29 percent)

30-39 years old
Male: 6,057 (34 percent)
Female: 784 (40 percent)

40-49 years old
Male: 3,817 (21 percent)
Female: 386 (20 percent)

50-59 years old
Male: 2,508 (14 percent)
Female: 167 (8 percent)

60-plus years old
Male: 1,131 (6 percent)
Female: 45 (2 percent)

Needs Levels:

Academic
Male: 4,243 (24 percent)
Female: 663 (34 percent)

Vocational
Male: 8,041 (45 percent)
Female: 745 (39 percent)

Substance Abuse
Male: 12,856 (73 percent)
Female: 1,545 (80 percent)

Sex Offender
Male: 5,062 (28 percent)
Female: 105 (5 percent)

Medical
Male: 4,837 (27 percent)
Female: 1,064 (55 percent)

Mental Health
Male: 5,732 (32 percent)
Female: 1,552 (80 percent)

Intellect & Develop
Male: 734 (4 percent)
Female: 57 (3 percent)

*Serious Mental Health Illness
Male: 155 (3 percent)
Female: 34 (2 percent)

*Acute Intellect & Develop
Male: 57 (8 percent)
Female: 2 (4 percent)

Other:

Violent Offense
Male: 10,933 (61 percent)
Female: 675 (34 percent)

Foreign Born
Male: 1,442 (8 percent)
Female: 60 (3 percent)

Life Without Parole
Male: 700 (4 percent)
Female: 46 (2 percent)
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