Maximum Security Prison Ready To Welcome High Risk Inmates

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

With more than 900 beds, the Centennial Correctional Facility is ready to welcome inmates with the most severe behavioral problems.

It's taken years to get the prison up and running, after lawsuits plagued its early development. Construction was finally able to begin in 2007, and cost $169 million dollars.

Several steps were taken to save money on construction of the massive prison, including the development of special inmate cells. Smaller and lighter weight than traditional cells, they could fit more on a floor than before and with less stringent foundation requirements.

Inside each cell, inmates have access to a monitor where they can view their own case files, browse the law library, and even watch television if their behavior is adequate.

The maximum security prison is designed for offenders with the worst behavioral problems. "Individuals who come into this setting do what we call in the system, earn their way into this facility. It's by their behavior as opposed to what their crime was," explains Aristedes Zavaras, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

None of the inmates will have access to the others, and Zavaras says this will make other prisons all over the state safer for inmates and staff.

Despite being direly needed, according to Zavaras, the prison will only be using a third of its capacity. It will house 316 inmates in one of its sections. The room for growth of offender population is something Zavaras says is sadly inevitable.

Fifteen inmates per day will begin arriving at Centennial on September 1. This will continue until they have all 316 beds full.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2010 at 10:10 PM
    imagine that , more job security for people who love to torture people who remind them of people they hated when they were growing up .people who look different and live different then they live.
  • by Northside on Aug 26, 2010 at 07:37 PM
    Welcome the Prison ! Great job.... ! Glad to see it.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2010 at 06:08 PM
    So what does "sadly inevitable" mean?
  • by Ed on Aug 26, 2010 at 06:06 PM
    At least we have the "decency" to fly prisoners to other countries to be tortured legally (it's called "rendition" by the way.) Of course, once this country collapses we can do it right here. You will approve once everybody is labeled a terrorist. You may not think you are a terrorist now but give it time. Think about what it will be like in jail without a constitution or legal system.
  • by Kerry Location: Austin, Tx on Aug 26, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    Great--another inhumane torture factory that drives people to madness from isolation. When people in other countries are treated this way we call it torture. When it happens here, we call it good inmate management.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2010 at 07:11 PM
    welcome them in i dont think so
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