Prison Study

Prison Utilization Study

Earlier this year, the Colorado General Assembly passed HB 20-1019 that, among other items, mandates a prison utilization study to be undertaken by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). After issuing a request for proposals, DOLA awarded a contract to conduct the study to CGL Companies, a long-established and nationally recognized criminal justice consulting firm.

The study will evaluate prison bed needs in Colorado and provide a utilization analysis of all state and privately operated facilities. It also will provide an analysis of the feasibility of the Colorado Department of Corrections to obtain privately owned facilities located in Las Animas and Olney Springs, or to utilize unused state-owned buildings to meet prison bed needs.

A second aspect of the study will determine the economic and other impacts that potential private prison closure would have on local governments and the wider community, and recommend strategies to diversify the affected local economies. CGL is partnering with RPI Consulting of Durango to conduct this component. Input from affected community members, local governments, and stakeholder groups is a key element of the economic portion of the study.

Otero County Economic Development Director Danelle Berg served on the proposal review committee. She said, “We were pleased with the fact that CGL has experience working on studies of the Colorado prison system, and that their partner RPI has worked with several Colorado towns to develop economic improvement strategies."

The completed study will be submitted to the General Assembly in January 2021.

Advisory Committee

The Prison Utilization Study Advisory Committee was convened by DOLA as directed by the enactment of House Bill 20-1019. The Advisory Committee's charge is to consult with the private research firm retained to study Colorado's prison facilities needs and provide an analysis of economic impacts that potential prison closures would have on affected communities. Committee meetings are open to the public. 

Public Meetings

October 15: CANCELLED



Past Meeting Minutes

OCT 1, 2020

SEPT. 17, 2020

SEPT. 3, 2020

AUG. 20, 2020

JULY 9, 2020

MAY 15, 2020


Mark Radtke, Project Manager