Editorial: Senate Bill 14, addressing hidden Colorado prisoners, is just a start, not a solution

The Aurora SentinelWhile Senate Bill 14 would bring an improvement over Colorado’s bizarre and dangerous hide-and-seek game state prison officials played last year with mass-murder James Holmes, the proposed changes aren’t nearly good enough.

The bill passed the State Senate last week on a bi-partisan vote and seeks to require that the Colorado Depart of Corrections inform crime victims when convicts are moved from their prison homes.

In 2016, the public learned that Holmes, one of the state’s most notorious murderers, had been smuggled out of the state prison where he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life. He was sent to a secret location because prison officials believed that Holmes was unsafe in Colorado and at risk of being injured by other prisoners.

That led to news reports that as many as 100 other convicts, including murderers and rapists, have also been traded off to other states, keeping secret their transfer and location.

When victims of Holmes’ slaughter, and families of victims, demanded to know what the state had done with Holmes, they were told his location was a need-to-know basis, and they didn’t need to know.

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