Mortality Data and Related Policies, 2000-2020

COVID Prison Project filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Colorado.
Due May 24, 2021
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: COVID Prison Project

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Adrienne L. Jacobson
Associate Director, Legal Services
2862 S. Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

To Adrienne L. Jacobson,

Pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act § 24-72-201 et seq. and/or the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act § 24-72-301 et seq., I request that you make available for inspection and copying the following public records:

– Those which include time and date of all instances of death occurring in the offender population between January 2000 and December 2020.

– Those which indicate the total number of individuals in Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) custody who died by any cause, separated monthly, from January 2000 to December 2020.

– Monthly population records that include the total number of deaths occurring among people in the custody of the CDOC between January 2000 and December 2020.

– Certificates of death for all individuals in CDOC custody who died between January 2000 and December 2020.

Additionally, I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of any and all CDOC policies, regulations, and procedures, pertaining to...

– Investigations of in-custody deaths.

– Requirements for the performance of an autopsy or post-mortem medical examination of individuals who die while in CDOC custody.

– The reporting of in-custody deaths to other governmental agencies.

– Next-of-kin notification in the event of in-custody deaths.

I request a waiver of all fees for searching or copying these records in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of Colorado's death and mortality policies. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes.

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me. Please set a date and hour, within three working days following receipt of this letter, at which time the records will be made available for inspection. If access to these records will take longer, please cite the extenuating circumstances and let me know when I should expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.

I ask that records available in electronic format be transmitted by email to If you deny any portion, or all, of this request, please provide me with a written explanation of the reason(s) for your denial, including a citation to each specific statutory exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law. If you conclude that portions of the records that I request are exempt from disclosure, please release the remainder of such records for inspection and copying, redacting only the portion or portions that you claim are exempt. Please contact me with any questions about my request.

Thank you for your assistance.


Forrest Behne
Policy Director, COVID Prison Project
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Office: (919) 391-7962
340 MacNider Hall | Campus Box 7240
333 South Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7240

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.


COVID Prison Project


The Colorado Department of Corrections is a criminal justice agency and, as such, requests will be reviewed and responded to in accordance with the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act (C.R.S. 24-72-301 et.seq.)
Requests received by the Records Custodian after 3 pm or any day that the Department of Corrections is officially closed will be considered received as of the next business day. Responses are typically provided within 7 business days of receipt (excluding weekends, holidays). If you have not received your response within 7 business days of receipt, please re-send your request so we can provide a status update.
If the request is for medical records; the response time is 30 days once a signed HIPAA compliant release of information consent, and any other required documentation, has been received by the medical records technician or designee at the appropriate facility.
Please note: The Department of Corrections may charge an hourly fee for the research, retrieval and preparation of records. The first hour of research, retrieval and preparation are without charge. Beyond the first hour, the fees may vary depending on the type of record and the discretion of the custodian but will not exceed $30 per hour. You will be advised in advance if your request will incur a fee.
In addition to the research, retrieval and production fees, there is a .25 per page fee for paper copies. The per page fee is not charged for electronic documents, however, research, retrieval and production fees still apply. Any fees due are payable in advance. Responsive documents will not be produced until payment has been tendered.
Fees may be waived by the Department on recommendation of the records custodian.


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