Prison Overcrowding: Colorado

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

DOC Costs

  •  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
Prisons compete with private businesses: yes

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.

Helpful Links

Colorado Department of Corrections

Colorado DOC Statistical Report FY 2008

See also:

Prison Overcrowding Connecticut