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Colorado Department of Corrections

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Colorado Department of Corrections
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Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionColorado, USA
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Map of Colorado Department of Corrections's jurisdiction.
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersColorado Springs, Colorado
Agency executive
  • Dean Williams, Executive Director

The Colorado Department of Corrections is the principal department of the Colorado state government[1] that operates the state prisons. It has its headquarters in the Springs Office Park in unincorporated El Paso County, Colorado, near Colorado Springs.[2][3][4] The Colorado Department of Corrections runs 20 state-run prisons and also has been affiliated with 7 for-profit prisons in Colorado, of which the state currently contracts with 3 for-profit prisons.[5]


State-Run Prisons

For-profit Prisons

Closed Prisons


All male 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.[6]

In 2012 the state of Colorado had no designated death row. All prisoners with death sentences were 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 took place there.[7] The death penalty was abolished in 2020.[8]

From the 1890s to the 1990s, the Colorado death row was located at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility.[9] The execution chamber was also located in this prison.[10] In the 1990s the Colorado State Penitentiary opened.[9] Previously state statute dictated that prisoners with death sentences were to be held at the administrative segregation facility at the Colorado State Penitentiary.[11] 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.[9] The Crowley County facility experienced two major riots involving Colorado and Washington state prisoners, the first in 1999 when operated by Correctional Services Corporation and the second on July 20, 2004, when owned and operated by the Corrections Corporation of America, and involving Wyoming inmates as well.[12][13][14][15]

Fallen officers and officials

Since the establishment of the Colorado Department of Corrections, 17 officers have died while on duty.[16]

See also


  1. ^ C.R.S. § 24-1-110
  2. ^ "FAQ Archived 2014-12-31 at the Wayback Machine." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on June 3, 2010. "Colorado Department of Corrections 2862 South Circle Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80906"
  3. ^ "Council District Map." City of Colorado Springs. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "Foreclosure filings jump in March Increase blamed on backlog at S&Ls." The Colorado Springs Gazette. April 6, 1989. Retrieved on September 28, 2011. "[...]million made in 1986 on the Springs Office Park, 2860-2862 S. Circle Drive."
  5. ^ a b c d e "[1]." Prison Jobs to Return? Walsenburg currently awaits state's decision. Retrieved on January 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center Archived 2015-02-17 at the Wayback Machine." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010.
  7. ^ "Death Row FAQ Archived 2014-08-04 at the Wayback Machine." () Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on April 19, 2012.
  8. ^ Hindi, Saja (2020-03-23). "Colorado abolishes death penalty; governor commutes sentences of 3 on death row". Denver Post. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  9. ^ a b c Mitchell, Kirk. "Colorado moves death-row inmates so they can exercise outdoors Archived 2012-11-21 at the Wayback Machine." Denver Post. July 28, 2011. Retrieved on April 19, 2012.
  10. ^ Kirby, Jen. "Photos: A Haunting Look at America’s Execution Chambers" (). New York (magazine). May 16, 2014. Retrieved on September 19, 2015.
  11. ^ "Death Row FAQ Archived 2014-08-04 at the Wayback Machine." (Archive) Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010.
  12. ^ McPrison, Westword, Alan Prendergast, September 30, 1999. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  13. ^ Columbia Prison Divest ACSRI proposal, Columbia University. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  14. ^ Going Off, Westword, Alan Prendergast, December 23, 2004. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  15. ^ Prendergast, Alan. "Crowley prison riot: New details of unheeded warnings emerge in epic lawsuit" (21 December 2011). Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  16. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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