Crowley County Correctional Facility

Coordinates: 38°09′43″N 103°57′31″W / 38.162052°N 103.958581°W / 38.162052; -103.958581
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Crowley County Correctional Facility
The facility's entrance.
Location6564 CO-96
Olney Springs, Colorado
Security classmedium
Managed byCoreCivic

The Crowley County Correctional Facility is a medium-security, privately owned and operated state prison for men located in Olney Springs, Crowley County, Colorado. CoreCivic runs it under contract with the Colorado Department of Corrections.[1]

The facility was constructed by Dominion Correctional Services of Oklahoma, and opened in 1998. It was first operated by Correctional Services Corporation. After a riot in 1999, Dominion assumed direct operations itself. It was purchased by Corrections Corporation of America in 2002 and subsequently expanded. It houses 1,894 Colorado state inmates in medium security.[2][3][4]

In 2004 the facility housed both Colorado inmates and out-of-state inmates, under contracts with the Wyoming Department of Corrections and the Washington State Department of Corrections. The causes of a six-hour riot on July 20, 2004 were attributed partly to understaffing (only 47 employees on duty to supervise more than 1100 prisoners) and partly to the treatment of the Washington prisoners. [5] A class-action suit was filed on behalf of 200 prisoners who had not joined in the riot, but who had been mistreated afterward. The suit resulted in a $600,000 settlement in 2013. [6]


  1. ^ "Crowley County Correctional Facility". Corrections Corporation of America. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  2. ^ McPrison, Westword, Alan Prendergast, September 30, 1999. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  3. ^ Columbia Prison Divest ACSRI proposal, Columbia University. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Going Off, Westword, Alan Prendergast, December 23, 2004. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Prendergast, Alan. "Crowley prison riot: New details of unheeded warnings emerge in epic lawsuit". No. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  6. ^ "$600,000 Settlement Announced In Crowley Prison Riot". Denver Colorado CBS Channel 4. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2016.

38°09′43″N 103°57′31″W / 38.162052°N 103.958581°W / 38.162052; -103.958581