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  • indian_cycle_buyer indian_cycle_buyer Oct 21, 2004 6:24 AM Flag

    4 Escape State Prison

    Colorado's problem inmates may not be staying in Texas
    By TRACY HARMON The Pueblo Chieftain
    CANON CITY - Some of the state's problem inmates who were transferred last week to the Guadalupe County Adult Detention center in Seguin, Texas, may not be staying there.
    Thirty-six Colorado inmates, who allegedly participated in a series of six gang-related incidents at the Fremont, Ordway and Limon prisons this year, were bused to Texas because the state of Colorado is feeling the pinch for high-custody beds.
    "These are not typical administrative-segregation inmates like those you would typically see at Colorado State Penitentiary,� said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Alison Morgan.
    "But, they participated in gang activity that is not tolerated in our prison system," Morgan added.
    A Texas Jail Standards Commission, however, has disagreed with the Guadalupe County Sheriff, Arnold Zwicke, on the classification of inmates. Zwicke found that the transferred prisoners were not dangerous inmates, so he felt he was not stopped by a Texas law which prohibits Texas from accepting dangerous inmates from out-of-state prisons.
    Zwicke "was well aware of the type of inmates we were transferring and negotiated in good faith, but the commission disagrees," Morgan said.
    "He intends to appeal their decision. And, in the meantime, we are looking at all our options, including the other bidders that submitted bids during this process," Morgan said.
    The contract with Guadalupe County does have a default clause, which allows the DOC 60 days to move the inmates.
    Sending the inmates to the Texas prison is costing the state $43 a day per inmate. The contract was to have been in force for five years.

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