Hickenlooper says he’ll sign ‘secret prisons’ bill

9NEWS (Denver): Victims of some of Colorado’s most horrific crimes are close to seeing a bill proposed on their behalf become a law after 9Wants to Know exposed a Department of Corrections policy that kept locations of certain inmates secret.

Senate Bill 18-014 would force the Colorado Department of Corrections to tell the victims where Colorado’s inmates serving time out of state are being held.

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado) told 9Wants to Know Reporter Anastasiya Bolton Thursday that he plans to sign SB 18-014 when it arrives at his desk.

“I haven’t seen it yet, but as I look at the bill and understand it, I think it makes sense,” Hickenlooper said. “I think that bill has sufficient safeguards as it’s been explained to me.”

9Wants to Know has been asking why victims have been kept in the dark about Colorado’s secret prisoner exchange program for nearly two years.

Colorado is part of an Interstate Corrections Compact that includes a group of states that swap their most dangerous inmates.

About 100 Colorado prisoners have been moved out of state and about 100 inmates from elsewhere are serving time in the Centennial State under the agreement. That’s according to the testimony provided by the DOC to lawmakers this spring as part of the hearings on SB-014.

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