Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Colorado’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.
Facts and Figures 2008-2009
- Annual budget: $759,502,506
- Average annual cost per inmate: $30,387
DOC Staff and Population
- Total department active personnel: 6,325
- Total number of correctional institutions: 29
- Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction: 23,186
- Escaped: 4
- Average sentence: 49 months
- Average prison time served: 24 months
Organization of state divisions, view here.
- Facilities: 17
- Population: 11,750
Overcrowding Quick Facts
There has been a 75% increase in CDOC’s jurisdictional population from FY 1999 to FY 2008
- In August ’09, Colorado had 964 prison releases
- Recidivism rates in Colorado were higher for offenders released in 2004 and 2005. This trend coincides with a budget shortfall in the state that resulted in decreased programs and services for inmates and parolees.
Points of Contact
Colorado Department of Corrections
2862 South Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906-4195
Telephone: (719) 579-9580
FAX: (719) 226-4755
Email: Executive Director
Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here
News and Media
Budget cuts to result in the release of thousands of inmates, read more.