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Famous Prisoners: New Home for Colorado’s Aurora Theater Shooter James Holmes

Colorado’s Aurora Theater Shooter James Holmes has found a new home at a high-security federal prison in Pennsylvania. The news was announced by the Federal Bureau of Prisons on September 28.

His current location at USP Allenwood has finally become known after nearly two years. This comes after he was silently moved out of Colorado’s highest security prison.

Aurora Theater Shooter Transferred Out of Colorado

James Holmes, the infamous aurora theater shooter, has been transferred to a federal prison and out of Colorado.
James Holmes, the infamous aurora theater shooter, has been transferred to a federal prison and out of Colorado.

Holmes was sentenced to life in prison for killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in the 2015 movie theater shooting rage.

The aurora theater shooter was housed at the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City but was moved out in January 2016.

The transfer was due in part to an assault by another inmate on October 8, 2015. The incident also injured a guard.

Officials said the transfer was done to protect James Holmes and correctional officers’ safety. They believed he could be attacked again due to the “high profile nature of his crimes.”

Prison officials had been mum on his location saying they could not divulge such information due to an agreement with states that receive out-of-state prisoners.

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Their refusal to disclose his whereabouts caused public controversy and deep concern for survivors and their families.

Victims’ Families Filed Rights Violations Complaints

The victims of the aurora theater shooting in Colorado.
The victims of the aurora theater shooting in Colorado.

Family members of some of the Aurora theater shooting victims filed complaints citing violation of their rights.

 In June 2016, a state committee focusing on victims’ rights was split over whether correction officials were breaching the law with their refusal to inform victims of Holmes’ location.

But early this year, the committee determined that the Colorado corrections department should have done more to inform victims that James Holmes was moved out of state to serve his life sentence.

The state corrections department then agreed to revise its victim notification policies.

James Holmes’ Transfer to Federal Prison: Better Late Than Never

According to a September 27 press release, aurora theater shooter James Holmes’ transfer to the federal system had been initiated several months ago. That, however, required finding a prison that could offer adequate security:

“The State sought to place the inmate in the Federal System several months ago, but placement required finding space at a facility that could provide appropriate security. That space recently became available and the move to the Federal prison was secured.”

Melanie Macinas
Melanie Macinas holds a BS degree in Computer Science. She found her passion for writing when she took a content writing position for a BPO company. In 2011, she started her freelancing career as a writer and since then has successfully completed several writing projects for US/UK clients. She now writes news stories for prison loved ones on the Prison Rideshare Network.