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Prison beds on deadline


Last updated 2/26/2020 at 5:41am

The bill didn't start out with any real sense of urgency, but circumstances beyond the legislature's control put it on the fast track.

HB20-1019 – Prison Population Reduction and Management started in the House with the stated intent of "...end the practice of using private prisons by 2025." When you state the conclusion up front, it's pretty hard to keep a straight face calling it a study but that was the bill. A fact that is often forgotten in this discussion is those private prisons exist because the State of Colorado asked for them to be built to ease the overcrowding in our prisons....

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