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Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Inmate, 51, found dead in Denver jail - The Denver Post

Inmate, 51, found dead in Denver jail - The Denver Post

A Denver deputy making routine checks discovered a 51-year-old inmate who was dead in his cell Saturday morning, officials say.

The name of the inmate is not being released pending notification of family members, said Capt. Frank Gale, jail spokesman.

"It looks like it's something medical," Gale said. "It did not involve the use of force."

The jailer was making rounds at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, 490 W. Colfax Ave., about 7 a.m. when he saw the man lying on his bunk bed.

"There was no indication that he harmed himself or someone else did," Gale said.

The man was arrested Wednesday for failure to appear on an arrest warrant and on a separate parole violation, Gale said.

The Denver Coroner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death, and the police department will investigate the death.

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