The state of Colorado uses a few different types of facilities in its correctional system. First, there are twenty state prisons in Colorado. Then they contract with three private prisons to take some of the responsibility off the Department of Corrections and alleviate overcrowding in state prisons. Additionally, they have twenty adult parole locations as well, where released inmates can check-in and receive reentry and support services. One of the prisons is specifically for women only. Another is designed to provide treatment services for any mental, physical, or substance abuse and other healthcare issues.
There are about 18,000 people in Colorado state prisons. Of that total,16,443 are men, and the rest are women. Most of them are between the ages of 20–39 years old. The highest number (9000+) are white, more than 6,200 are Hispanic, only about 3,500 are black, and the rest are Native American or Asian. More than 14,000 inmates have substance abuse issues and require treatment. About 60% are in prison for violent offenses.
The Colorado Department of Corrections is in charge of Colorado state prison inmate records. They keep them online in a searchable database so that the public can perform a Colorado state prison inmate search at any time. The CDOC’s mission states read:
“To protect the citizens of Colorado by holding offenders accountable and engaging them in opportunities to make positive behavioral changes and become law-abiding, productive citizens.” Their headquarters are located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Colorado Department of Corrections has an inmate locator feature on their website where anyone can enter a DOC number or name, along with gender and see an entire profile of any inmate in state or private prison. Prisoners are offered a complete education program while incarcerated, including graduation proceedings. Vocational and other life-skills training are also offered during the time they are housed in state prison.
Most inmates in Colorado state prisons are there due to assault charges or drug-related crimes. Roughly 9% are there due to burglary and another 9% because of escape. Six percent are in prison because of child abuse and robbery. Stealing vehicles is another big reason that people are in prison in Colorado. Only about 5% committed sex crimes, including rape, child sexual abuse, and other types of sexual abuse. Roughly 18% of Colorado inmates have committed murder.