Some of Colorado prison’s most violent and notorious criminals’ locations are kept from the victims of their crimes, but now the Department of Corrections is considering changing this policy on the secret priron system.
DOC’s Executive Director Rick Raemisch recently said in an interview that if he is given the task of keeping someone alive, then he will be the one making the decisions on how to do that. He says that what he does is meant to try to avoid having more victims.
In Colorado, when a notorious criminal needs to be moved, it is done through the Interstate Corrections compact, which is an agreement allowing states to swap famous, unruly or dangerous prisoners, and even change their identities, as well as keeping their locations secret in an effort to keep things peaceful.
According to the current policy, the victims of inmates that have been transferred under the Interstate Corrections Compact are not able to find out the location of their perpetrator, but most of the other inmates are easily searchable online.
In past interviews, Governor John Hickenlooper has said that the safety of the staff and inmate is more important than the right of the victim to know. In fact, the governor, as well as the DOC, have repeatedly denied information about inmates to victims. He says that it’s not just the safety of the inmates, it has to do with the prison guards’ safety as well.
There are some victims that feel that they have a right to know where the inmates are and are now speaking out about it. In fact, some of the victims include those who survived the Aurora theater shooting in Colorado.
It wasn’t long ago that they had no clue where the shooter was, as he had been moved from the state shortly after he was convicted. Now, with the shooter going into federal custody, the victims are finally able to find out where he is located.