State to close high-security prison
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012 3:12 pm | Updated: 3:50 pm, Mon Mar 19, 2012.The high-security Colorado State Penitentiary II will close in February 2013, the state Department of Corrections announced today.
The prison opened in 2010.
“Of those employees, 213 will be reassigned to vacant DOC positions within Fremont County,” the press release stated. “Forty-two employees will keep their jobs” at the prison, which provides laundry, food and other services to other DOC facilities."
Clements said the closure was due to shrinking inmate populations and other factors.
“From a peak of 23,220 inmates in July 2009, the total inmate population has fallen to 21,562 at the end of February 2012,” the press release stated. “The Division of Criminal Justice has projected that the offender population will decline by an additional 905 offenders by June 30 2013.”
A meeting on the closure will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the DOC Training Academy in Canon City.