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Lockdowns up at Colorado’s prisons

DENVER ” Lockdowns at the state’s prisons has risen the past year as officials deal with increased gang activity and budget cuts affecting education and programs aimed at changing inmate behavior.

Colorado Department of Corrections chief Ari Zavaras told lawmakers Friday that prisons were locked down 148 times in the 2007-2008 fiscal year, an increase of 66 over the previous year. Assaults between inmates rose 19.5 percent while assaults by inmates on staff increased 11 percent.

Corrections spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti said programs designed to get inmates to change their behavior haven’t recovered from $56 million in budget from 2001 to 2003. She said inmates who are busy are less likely to be destructive.

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