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Colorado

Map of Colorado with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

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Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

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number of courts

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number of facilities

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compassionate releases granted

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filings coded by our team

Statewide among incarcerated people

State Facilities

8,663

Cases

84%

Cumulative Case Rate

Federal Facilities

1,787

Cases

59%

Cumulative Case Rate

ICE Detention Centers

185

Cases

78%

Cumulative Case Rate

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Testing practices vary widely by correctional agency. True case counts are likely higher and may be significantly higher than reported.

Rates are calculated using a denominator of facility-level population as of February 2020. See our methodology to learn more about why we chose this approach.

We do not display total counts for jails because our jail data is not comprehensive for the entire state. See the table below to view jail data at the facility level.

Statewide among staff

State Facilities

1,565

Cases

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

Cases

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

Cases

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Not all agencies report data on staff COVID-19 cases. Some jurisdictions leave it to staff members’ discretion whether to report positive test results they receive from community healthcare providers.

We do not have reliable data for staffing levels at all facilities. As a result, we are not currently providing rates for staff.

We do not display total counts for jails because our jail data is not comprehensive for the entire state. See the table below to view jail data at the facility level.

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Sterling Correctional Facility

State Facilities

1,444N/A

Bent County Correctional Facility

State Facilities

1,085N/A

Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility

State Facilities

943N/A

Crowley County Correctional Facility

State Facilities

792N/A

Fremont Correctional Facility

State Facilities

770N/A

Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID-19

Our project collaborates with Bronx Defenders, Columbia Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, and Zealous to collect legal documents from around the country related to COVID-19 and incarceration. Together, we then organize and code them into the jointly managed Health is Justice litigation hub for public defenders, litigators, and other advocates. The majority of the legal documents in the Health is Justice litigation hub are federal court opinions, but we are expanding to state legal filings, declarations, and exhibits.

In addition to the Health is Justice litigation hub, our project also manages additional data self-reported by advocates regarding COVID-19-related legal filings involving incarcerated youth and individuals in immigration detention.

For more COVID-19-related legal filings, please visit the University of Michigan Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, COVID-19 Special Collection.

Prison and Jail Releases Related to COVID-19

We collect data on jurisdictions across the U.S. that have released people from adult prison and jail custody in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JurisdictionFacilityAuthorizing agentDate release was issuedTotal Number of ReleasesPopulation prior to releasesReleases as percentage of populationKnown capacityRelease detailsSource
Boulder4/4/2020100 Short remaining sentence, Vulnerable populations
ColoradoStatewideGovernor9/9/20310 Minor offenses, Vulnerable populations
ColoradoStatwideGovernor4/23/2035002000018%Short remaining sentence, Vulnerable populations
DenverDenver Cty jail3/30/2020450180625%Short remaining sentence, Vulnerable populations, Other
DenverDenver County JailCourt4/20/2020299 Short remaining sentence, Vulnerable populations, Other
  1. For the most part, we only include release efforts where the data source includes some sort of programmatic description of who is being released (e.g., people with technical violations of parole, people charged with non-violent crimes, etc.). You can find our full prison releases dataset here and jail releases dataset here.


Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID-19

Our team collects data on grassroots and community organizing efforts by incarcerated people, their families, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and advocates aimed at influencing government agencies to protect the lives of people incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers against the threats posed by COVID-19.

Target facilityCountyDate of actionOrganizationType of effortInternal or externalEffort concernsSource
Aurora Detention FacilityAdams5/23/2020Families of ICE detainess at Aurora Detention FacilityCamp OutInternalAccelerated releases
Aurora Detention FacilityAdams3/31/2020Families of ICE detainess at Aurora Detention FacilityCar RallyInternalAccelerated releases
FCI EnglewoodJefferson County12/31/2020Community activistsProtest on New Years EveInternalAccelerated releases
  1. You can find our full dataset here.