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Publication Colorado Jails, 1982 - Populations and Conditions

June 1, 1983    NCJ 91611

The most frequent charges were traffic-related, including driving under the influence. About 41 percent of the jails were overcrowded. Conditions were poor in many of the State's 54 county jails. Twenty-one of the jails had been sued for inadequate or unconstitutional conditions in the last 2 years. Many detention officers, particularly in rural departments, were in need of basic training. Most of the sheriffs interviewed felt that standardized jail records should be established. Most also regarded a statewide database for jails as important. Several sheriffs expressed concerns over medical treatment, especially the cost for individuals held in jail. Extensive recommendations, data tables, and appendixes presenting additional information on Colorado and on a fire and an inmate murder in other States are included.


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