New data provides a glimpse into Colorado’s county jails

The Colorado Independent: On Jan. 1, there were at least 9,802 people locked up in Colorado’s 57 jails. At least 409 of them were held in solitary confinement, 1,214 were homeless and 140 were waiting for a mental health competency evaluation before going to trial. Most of them had yet to be convicted of a crime. 

Those are some of the takeaways from a first-of-its-kind report released on Tuesday, shedding light on who’s serving time in Colorado’s jails and under what conditions. 

The data was collected after lawmakers in 2019 passed a bill requiring jails to report quarterly data to the Division of Criminal Justice in order to help them write new policies and better understand Colorado’s jails.

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