Colorado Prison System Overflow Leads To Dangerous Criminals Being Held In Low-Security Prisons

03/19/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Three Colorado inmates who should have been housed in higher-security prisons that had no room for them are suspected of killing fellow prisoners recently in separate incidents, spotlighting a systemwide logjam of violent offenders.

More than 1,300 Colorado inmates are being held in less-secure conditions than they warrant, but the state's higher-security prisons are full, forcing a mixture of violent and lesser offenders in some facilities, said Katherine Sanguinetti, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Corrections.

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