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Colorado Department of Corrections, Statistical Report Fiscal Year 2002

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This fiscal year 2002 Colorado Department of Corrections Statistical Report provides offender data on the inmate population and the operation of the Colorado correctional system.
The total number of offenders under correctional supervision in fiscal year 2002 was 23,348, consisting of 17,367 inmates, 5,716 parolees, and 265 offenders in the Youthful Offender System (Y.O.S.). The inmate, parole, and Y.O.S. population trends for fiscal years 1997 through 2002 are presented. The jurisdictional population has increased 47.6 percent since 1997. This increase is due primarily to the inmate population growth of 42.3 percent. The adult inmate population has increased 384 percent since 1985. Several key pieces of legislation have influenced the size of the prison population since 1979, namely, changing sentences from indeterminate to determinate terms and the doubling of the maximum penalties of the presumptive ranges for all felony classes. The average length of stay projected for new commitments nearly tripled as a result of the latter change. Efforts have been made since then to reduce the impact of the initial legislation by lowering presumptive sentence ranges. Following a review of inmate population trends, this report provides statistics on the characteristics of adult prison admissions; the characteristics of prison releases, including the time served in prison and recidivism; inmate population characteristics; parole population characteristics; and Y.O.S. characteristics, admissions, and releases and terminations. 77 tables and appended security levels and population of facilities and operational capacity by facility