An estimated 25% of Colorado's prison population is mentally ill, and nearly all suffer from alcoholism or drug addiction. Once they are in the system, most find themselves in a revolving door of crime, conviction and prison. But in 17 months of existence, nonviolent felons in the Arapahoe County Mental Health Court have a zero percent recidivism rate.
Colorado’s committee charged with redrawing congressional districts will miss its deadline for creating a bi-partisan map. The committee spent hours arguing and reached an impasse Wednesday evening. The group is now asking legislative leaders for more time to try and reach a compromise.