The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced it will stop using corporations to run its prisons. Critics say the state should sever its ties with the private prison industry too.
Colorado Department of Corrections
- Prosecutors say Smith harassed and intimidated offenders at the Arrowhead Correctional Center, where he had been employed for 10 years.Read more
Clarence Moses-EL spent half his life behind bars for a rape he says he didn't commit. Now he faces the possibility of a new trial.
- "Prison labor? But everything at Whole Foods is supposed to be cage-free," Colbert joked.Read more
- The company said the products from Colorado Correctional Industries should be out of its stores by April 2016, if not sooner.Read more
In 2010, the state opened it's newest prison built exclusively to house inmates in solitary confinement. Problem is, it's no longer needed.
Monteiro said he left prison with "a hundred dollars in my pocket and a box of books." Now, he has his own apartment, a steady job and he's reconnecting with relatives.
"I can't defend" how parolees like Kevin Monteiro are treated when they're released far from their parole office, with no housing, says Rick Raemisch, the state's prison chief.