Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility

Coordinates: 38°26′12″N 105°14′54″W / 38.43667°N 105.24833°W / 38.43667; -105.24833
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Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility
LocationCañon City, Colorado
Security classmixed
Managed byColorado Department of Corrections
The Deputy Warden's House, on the grounds of the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility, built in 1901 by prison labor

Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility (CTCF), colloquially known simply as "Territorial," is a medium security prison in Cañon City, Colorado. CTCF is the oldest prison in the Colorado DOC system. It was built in 1871 as a territorial prison and became a state prison in 1876. The Colorado DOC system only has two infirmaries, one of which is located in CTCF. The other is located in the Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center (DRDC).[citation needed]

From the 1890s until 1993, the Colorado death row and execution chamber was located at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility,[1][2] but the last execution to take place there was in 1967.[3] In 1993, the Colorado State Penitentiary opened, and death row moved there. As of 2012, the Sterling Correctional Facility housed Colorado's death row prisoners.[1] Capital punishment was abolished in Colorado in 2020; although the law did not apply retroactively, the sentences of the three remaining inmates on death row were commuted to life in prison by governor Jared Polis.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Mitchell, Kirk (July 28, 2011). "Colorado moves death-row inmates so they can exercise outdoors". Denver Post. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  2. ^ Kirby, Jen (May 16, 2014). "Photos: A Haunting Look at America's Execution Chambers". New York. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "In 1997, Colorado's first execution in 30 years marked a watershed moment. But did it change the conversation about capital punishment?". The Colorado Sun. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Gov. Polis Signs Death Penalty Repeal Bill, Commutes Death Row Sentences to Life in Prison Without Parole | Colorado Governor Jared Polis".

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38°26′12″N 105°14′54″W / 38.43667°N 105.24833°W / 38.43667; -105.24833