San Carlos Correctional Facility: (Publicly Owned)


Prison Population: 250

Notables Features/Incidents: San Carlos Correctional Facility (SCCF) is used for warehousing the mentally ill. In 2014 The Colorado Department of Corrections payed a $4 million settlement after the preventable death of Christopher Lopez. In six hours of footage, guards and clinicians observed Christopher’s health condition deteriorate without intervening. According to the Denver Post, “thinking he was refusing to respond, [guards] removed [Christopher] from his cell, placed a spit mask over his head, and dragged his limp body into a restraint chair. The camera recorded him suffering two grand mal seizures as guards and nurses casually chatted. He died lying half-naked on a concrete floor.”

By Samuel Shaw