Oct. 17, 2019: Colorado Prison Chief Gets Advice From Former Inmate On Changing The System

October 17, 2019
DEAN WILLIAMS JEFF JOHNSONDEAN WILLIAMS JEFF JOHNSONHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Colorado Department of Corrections Director Dean Williams, right, and Jeff Johnson, who was released from prison in November, 2018.

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Oct. 17, 2019: Colorado Prison Chief Gets Advice From Former Inmate On Changing The System

The head of Colorado's prison system said he wants to reduce recidivism by doing a better job of preparing inmates for release.  Dean Williams said one change he’d make would be to allow inmates to work outside of prison in advance of their release. Williams and Jeff Johnson, a parolee who advocates for prison reform, spoke on CPR's Colorado Matters.