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Colorado lawmakers want answers on prison system’s inmate math

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and a legislative working group that will convene for the first time Wednesday are scrutinizing how the Department of Corrections estimates how many beds — and ultimately how much money — the state needs for inmates.

Lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats, are holding up a budget request from the prison system, questioning cost projections for the last decade.

Hickenlooper signed an executive order last Friday calling on prison officials and other members of his administration to “review the historical accuracy of forecasting models” used to submit budget requests to the General Assembly each year.

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