Colorado Department of Corrections


Tue May 13, 2014

For Mental Illnesses, Steep Costs Found Behind Bars

Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

People with mental illnesses in Colorado are more than five times as likely to be housed in jails or in prisons than in hospital psychiatric beds. Colorado’s sheriffs say county jails are overwhelmed with inmates who need hospitalization or treatment for their mental health problems – not incarceration.

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Thu September 5, 2013
Reporter's Notebook

Colorado Prison Profits In Niche Markets

A prisoner at Four Mile Correctional Center in Cañon City, Colo. pulls a net full of tilapia out of the water for processing. This tilapia is then sold to Whole Foods markets across the Rocky Mountain region.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Along the banks of the upper Arkansas River sits a very diverse farm: three different dairy operations, pheasants, lobster and tilapia farms, acres of corn, blackberry bushes, even antique tractor restoration. But there's a twist.

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Wed September 4, 2013

Colorado Prison Has Buffalo Milk On Lockdown

The Four Mile Correctional Center in Cañon City, Colo ., is home to what may well be the country’s largest water buffalo dairy.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media


Thu May 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Colorado Weighs Reopening A Psychiatric Hospital To Serve the Homeless

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 2:22 pm

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, center, exits the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in Las Animas, Colo., on Wednesday after touring the facility. Hickenlooper has proposed closing the facility due to budget concerns.
Andy Cross Denver Post via Getty Images

Last summer's mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., led Gov. John Hickenlooper to call for stricter gun control and big new investments in mental health care.

Several significant gun bills passed, and a package of mental health reforms is moving forward. But there may not be enough support to win funding for 300 new inpatient psychiatric beds.

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Mon January 28, 2013

Fewer Felonies Fewer Facilities: Colorado Prison Closures Would Mean Job Losses

Colorado closed the brand-new Colorado State Penitentiary II last year and now needs to shut down more prisons as the population shrinks.
Tracy Harmon PuebloChieftain