Colorado Department of Corrections
The Colorado Department of Corrections is the principal department of the Colorado state government that operates the state prisons. It has its headquarters in the Springs Office Park in unincorporated El Paso County, Colorado, near Colorado Springs The Colorado Department of Corrections runs 20 state-run prisons and is also affiliated with 5 private prisons in Colorado.
- Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility (Ordway, Colorado)
- Arrowhead Correctional Center (494 inmate capacity) (Canon City, Colorado)
- Buena Vista Correctional Facility (Buena Vista, Colorado)
- Centennial Correctional Facility (Canon City, Colorado)
- Colorado Correctional Center (Camp George West) (150 inmate capacity) (Golden, Colorado)
- Colorado State Penitentiary (Canon City, Colorado)
- Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility (Canon City, Colorado)
- Delta Correctional Center (480 inmate capacity) (Delta, Colorado)
- Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center (542 inmate capacity) (Denver, Colorado)
- Denver Women's Correctional Facility (900 inmate capacity) (Denver, Colorado)
- Four Mile Correctional Center (499 inmate capacity) (Canon City, Colorado)
- Fremont Correctional Facility (Canon City, Colorado)
- LaVista Correctional Facility (Pueblo, Colorado)
- Limon Correctional Facility (Limon, Colorado)
- Rifle Correctional Center (192 inmate capacity) (Rifle, Colorado)
- San Carlos Correctional Facility (Pueblo, Colorado)
- Skyline Correctional Center (249 inmate capacity) (Canon City, Colorado)
- Sterling Correctional Facility (Sterling, Colorado)
- Trinidad Correctional Facility (500 inmate capacity) (Trinidad, Colorado)
- Youthful Offender System (Pueblo, Colorado)
- Bent County Correctional Facility (Las Animas, Colorado)
- Cheyenne Moutain Re-Entry Center (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
- Crowley County Correctional Facility (Olney Springs, Colorado)
- High Plains Correctional Facility (Brush, Colorado) (currently not housing Colorado inmates)
- Hudson Correctional Facility (Hudson, Colorado) (currently not housing Colorado inmates)
- Fort Lyon Correctional Facility (closed 2012) (Bent County, Colorado)
- Huerfano County Correctional Center (Private Prison; closed in 2010) (Walsenburg, Colorado)
- Kit Carson Correctional Center (Private Prison; closed in 2016) (Burlington, Colorado)
All prisoners entering the Colorado DOC system first go to the Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center (DRDC) before going to their assigned facilities; assignments are primarily determined by security level, and each facility can accommodate inmates of different security levels.
Currently, the state of Colorado has no designated death row. All prisoners with death sentences are given classifications of "Close", the highest custody designation possible. As of 2017, all prisoners with death sentences are located at the Sterling Correctional Facility. The execution chamber is located at the Colorado State Penitentiary. By state statute, executions take place there.
From the 1890s to the 1990s, the Colorado death row was located at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility. The execution chamber was also located in this prison. In the 1990s the Colorado State Penitentiary opened. Previously state statute dictated that prisoners with death sentences were to be held at the administrative segregation facility at the Colorado State Penitentiary. In 2011 the State of Colorado moved its death row prisoners in order to settle a federal lawsuit filed by Nathan Dunlap, a death row prisoner. Dunlap had complained about the state's lack of outdoor exercise facilities at Colorado State Penitentiary.
Fallen officers and officials
Since the establishment of the Colorado Department of Corrections, 14 officers have died while on duty.
- List of law enforcement agencies in Colorado
- List of United States state correction agencies
- List of U.S. state prisons
- C.R.S. § 24-1-110
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- The Officer Down Memorial Page