Sterling Correctional Facility

Coordinates: 40°36′41″N 103°09′44″W / 40.6115°N 103.1622°W / 40.6115; -103.1622
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Sterling Correctional Facility
LocationSterling, Colorado
Coordinates40°36′41″N 103°09′44″W / 40.6115°N 103.1622°W / 40.6115; -103.1622
Managed byColorado Department of Corrections

Sterling Correctional Facility (SCF) is located in Sterling, Colorado, and is the largest prison in the Colorado Department of Corrections system.

State statute dictated that prisoners with death sentences were to be held at the administrative segregation facility at the Colorado State Penitentiary.[1] In 2011, the State of Colorado moved its death row prisoners to Sterling 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.[2] The inmates returned to Colorado State Penitentiary in 2015 after the outdoor access issue was resolved.[3]

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  1. ^ "Death Row FAQ." (Archive) Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Kirk (July 28, 2011). "Colorado moves death-row inmates so they can exercise outdoors". Denver Post. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "Death row inmates transferred from Sterling". Journal-Advocate. Denver Post. November 3, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2020.

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