"The rising prison inmate population in Colorado — and the cost to house them — is a long-simmering issue at the Capitol that is getting a new look."
"This year, state lawmakers even approved reopening part of a long-shuttered state prison in Cañon City despite adamant opposition to the idea just a year earlier. To get a better handle on the trend and the options to address it, lawmakers approved the Prison Population Management committee."
“If the trend doesn’t reverse, we are going to have to make some quick recommendations to the legislature at the beginning of next session,” explained Rep. Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat who requested the committee."
"The committee also will tackle an issue that Democrats sidestepped this session: private prisons. Herod said the committee will look at whether the state can terminate its contracts to house inmates at private prisons and what would need to happen to make it possible."
"Four Democrats and two Republicans will serve on the committee, which is expected to meet as many as five times and recommend up to three bills."
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