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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Lockdowns on Rise In State Prison

Programs aren't as expensive as a new high security prison...ever.
Rocky Mountain News

State prison officials blame a stunning increase in violence and lockdowns on mushrooming gang activity and budget cuts that reduced programs to keep inmates out of trouble.

Corrections chief Ari Zavaras outlined statistics in a briefing to state lawmakers.

Prisons were locked down 148 times in the 2007-08 fiscal year, an 80 percent increase with 66 more lockdowns than in the previous fiscal year, Zavaras said.

Assaults by inmates on other inmates rose 19.5 percent and assaults by inmates on staff went up 11 percent, he said.

The corrections chief said more high-security cells are needed to isolate problem offenders from the general population.

"In the last eight years, the gang population increased by 85 percent while our inmate population only increased by 42 percent," said prison spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti. More than 9,300 inmates of the total prison population of 23,000 are identified as gang members or affiliates, she said.

Many inmates bring their gang affiliations - and rivalries - with them. Others join gangs in prison for protection.

Sanguinetti said efforts are made to keep rival gang members away from each other, but with such high levels of gang affiliation, "they are going to run into each other more frequently."

More violence means more lockdowns, she said.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Zavaras may fool some of you folks but he doesnt fool me. Listen to all his scare tactics now about fights and lockdown statistics??? Whats it about??? I'd say he is trying to protect his sick as budget. As for Katherine Sanguinetti she wouldnt know a gang member, she works in adminstration.
I can tell you how to correct the real problem and thats to replace ZAVARAS with some one that will cut the budget in adminstration and restore the education and other programs already cut. djw

Anonymous said...

One number missing is the number of assults on inmates from Staff. Attitude of staff is reflected to inmates.

Anonymous said...

No way have there been a lot more lockdowns in the last 2 years! And I can guarantee that if staff was being assaulted we would be reading about it in the paper! This is just CDOC playing spin doctor in order to protect their proposed budget...we all know the more inmates they have the more money they can con out of the taxpayers especially with fear!

SHARON MARSAK said...

I ABSOULTLY AGREE WITH ALL THE ABOVE COMMETS. THE STAFF AT BUNEA VISTA TELLS THE INMATES '' THIS IS OUR PRISON AND WE RUN IT THE WAY WE WANT!!!"___f---- doc rules and regs !!!!!THERE ARE INMATES IN THE HOLE< THAT HAVE BEEN THERE OVER 20 DAYS WITHOUT A CHARGE OR A HEARING !!!!AND IF THEY HAVE NO FAMILY TO BACK THEM UP AND CALL DOC ADIM>THEN THEY SIT THERE UNTIL THE STAFF FEELS LIKE PUTTING THEM BACK IN POPULATION<

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