Colorado Prisoners

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A prison riot that injured more than a dozen inmates and caused millions of dollars in damage has led Colorado officials to temporarily stop taking out-of-state inmates.

Colorado is part of a federal interstate agreement that allows prisons to exchange prisoners when needed. State corrections spokeswoman Alison Morgan says some high-profile inmates need to be moved elsewhere, and prisons can make money if there are empty beds.

But several hundred prisoners rioted at the Olney Springs prison last week, setting fires that left two inmate-living units uninhabitable. One inmate remains hospitalized with stab wounds.

The facility run by Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America remains on lockdown, and inmate visitation has been canceled.

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