Colorado women’s prison to be decommissioned |

Colorado women’s prison to be decommissioned

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

CANON CITY, Colo ” A Colorado prison that formerly housed female inmates will shut its doors for good during a decommissioning ceremony scheduled this week.

The Colorado Women’s Correctional Facility in Canon City opened in 1968 with 90 beds, but has since grown to include room for 275 inmates.

The Colorado Department of Corrections decided to shutter the prison to save some $5.2 million. Employees were reassigned to other facilities, while inmates were transferred to other Colorado women’s prisons.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many inmates were still housed at the prison when the last of the transfers occurred April 30.

A decommissioning ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.

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