Colorado Officials Weigh Options for High-Security Prisoners


The high-security prison where Colorado keeps gang shot-callers and inmates who kill correctional officers may soon be marked obsolete for all inmates by federal court because it offers no outdoor recreation, reports the Denver Post. State prison officials are scrambling to find a solution to the problem just one year after shuttering its newest high-security prison.

The problem concerns Colorado State Penitentiary in Cañon City. Officials are weighing whether it might be feasible to reopen Colorado State Penitentiary II, the high-security prison that was opened in 2010 and was closed two years later. However, reopening the $208 million prison may not address the recreation issue for solitary-confinement inmates because it, too, apparently was built without outdoor recreation facilities.

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