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.

Prisons Utilization Study Draft Report

This draft of the prison utilization study report is a working document that will be amended with updates and additional information before a final report is issued on January 13. Any errors or omissions may be brought to the attention of the project manager.

Note: Public comments received during the public hearings and as written submissions are reflected in this Appendix D. No additional public comments will be included in the final report.    

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)


Mark Radtke, Project Manager