The potential spread of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) in prisons and jails poses a significant threat to inmates, prison staff and the Colorado communities in which those individuals live. Inmates who contract COVID-19 are also much more vulnerable to severe complications and death than individuals living free in the community.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado’s prison system and protect the lives of inmates and staff, Governor Jared Polis issued an Executive Order on March 25, 2020 temporarily suspending certain criminal justice regulatory statutes, including:
- The temporary suspension of the Colorado Department of Corrections’ (DOC) duty to receive and take custody of prisoners,
- Granting the DOC discretion to increase credits of earned time in order to reduce the inmate populations,
- Granting the DOC discretion to identify new criteria for Special Needs Parole, and
- The temporary suspension of the requirement for inmates to complete a regimented inmate discipline program before entering into an intensive supervision program.
The order expires within 30 days, unless extended by another Executive Order.
If your loved one is currently serving a prison sentence in Colorado, now is the time to petition the Department of Corrections to get them out. Our office is open and we are available to discuss your loved one’s case.
You can call us at (303) 747-6898 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can read the Executive Order HERE.