Colorado To Pay $280K In Prison Whistleblower Settlement

A former statistician for the state Department of Corrections who filed a complaint accusing prison officials of falsifying figures about mentally ill and violent inmates will receive more than $280,000 in a settlement.

The Denver Post reports that Maureen O'Keefe had filed a complaint saying the state tried to silence her for her allegations against prison director Rick Raemisch.

Under the settlement, O'Keefe resigned Dec. 31 and will be paid more than $260,000 plus accrued leave time totaled at $20,000.

The agreement includes a disclaimer that prison officials denied any wrongdoing.

O'Keefe had accused Raemisch of exaggerating the results of reforms he implemented in 2013 aimed at limiting the use of solitary confinement for mentally ill inmates.

O'Keefe was placed on administrative leave twice in 2014.