2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 17 - Corrections
Department of Corrections
Article 1 - Department of Corrections
Part 1 - Corrections Administration
§ 17-1-104.9. Custody levels for state inmates at private prisons - correctional emergency - definition
(1) Based upon available appropriations and based upon an annual review by the general assembly, the department is authorized to permanently place state inmates classified as medium custody and below in private contract prisons. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (2) of this section, the department may not place state inmates classified higher than medium custody in private contract prisons or in private prison facilities located outside the state of Colorado. This section does not prevent a private contract prison from incarcerating an inmate who has been reclassified to a higher custody designation as a result of an offense committed within the private contract prison. However, it is the intent of the general assembly that the department move any inmate of a higher custody designation out of the private contract prison as soon as space is available at a state-operated correctional facility.
(2) (a) At the request of the executive director, the governor may, in his or her discretion, declare a correctional emergency and by proclamation authorize the department to place state inmates classified higher than medium custody in private contract prisons or in private prison facilities located outside the state of Colorado. A proclamation issued under this subsection (2) shall remain in effect for thirty days.
(b) At the request of the executive director, the governor may, in his or her discretion, renew a declaration of correctional emergency and reissue a proclamation in accordance with paragraph (a) of this subsection (2) for one or more additional thirty-day periods as the governor deems appropriate.
(c) For purposes of this section, "correctional emergency" means a riot, a disturbance, a homicide, or inmate violence occurring in a correctional facility or in transit to or from a correctional facility, or a situation involving inmates that presents a clear and immediate danger to the safety, security, and control of the department. "Correctional emergency" does not include inmate overcrowding.
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