Prison Study

Prison Utilization Study

In 2020, 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 evaluates the prison bed needs in Colorado and provides a utilization analysis of all state and privately operated facilities. It also analyzes the feasibility of the Colorado Department of Corrections to obtain privately owned facilities, or to utilize unused state-owned buildings to meet prison bed needs.

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

The completed study was 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


Past Meeting Minutes

DEC. 17, 2020

DEC. 3, 2020

NOV. 19, 2020

NOV. 10, 2020

NOV. 5, 2020

OCT. 29, 2020

OCT. 26, 2020

OCT. 22, 2020

OCT 1, 2020

SEPT. 17, 2020

SEPT. 3, 2020

AUG. 20, 2020

JULY 9, 2020

MAY 15, 2020

Past Meeting Recordings

Dec. 1, 2020 - Bent County (video)

Nov. 30, 2020 - Crowley County (video)


Traci Stoffel, Main Street Specialist