The Colorado State Penitentiary, USP Florence ADMAX, Arrowhead Correctional Center, Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility, Buena Vista Correctional Complex, Delta Correctional Center, Four Mile Correctional Center, Rifle Correctional Center, Sterling Correctional Facility and Trinidad Correctional Facility are some prisons in Colorado. In addition to these facilities, Colorado has several prisons for women and youth too, notes the Colorado Department of Corrections, like the Denver Women's Correctional Facility and Youthful Offender System.
The correctional institutions above are all public facilities. However, Colorado has several private prisons too, including Bent County Correctional Facility, Cheyenne Mountain Re-Entry Center, Crowley County Correctional Facility and the Kit Carson Correctional Center. Colorado also contains some contract prisons, and has a Department of Corrections Central Office, notes the Colorado DOC.
Colorado prisons range from small county institutions to state and federal jails. They are ranked on a security scale, which determines their suitability for housing inmates convicted of low-level crimes or more serious offenses, such as murder.
One federal prison in the state is USP Florence ADMAX. This prison holds slightly more than 400 male inmates. It is located in Florence and is part of the Florence Federal Correctional Complex, which also includes FCI Florence and USP Florence, which is a high-level security prison.
The Colorado State Penitentiary is a major maximum-security prison in Fremont County. It was built in the 1800s, and contains nearly 1,000 prisoners, all of whom are kept in solitary confinement. This prison has held several high-profile inmates, including convicted murderers Nathan Dunlap and Sir Mario Owens, and serial killer Scott Lee Kimball.