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In Colorado's Prison Valley, corrections are a way of life

In Colorado's Prison Valley, corrections are a way of life

Students here don't do fire safety drills, they do escaped-prisoner training — closing blinds, hiding in a corner or closet. Outside, officers often swarm, releasing search dogs in exercises to track runaway inmates whose boots carry a special notch in the sole for easier tracing. Longtime residents can recall finding in their garage or woodshed muddy prison uniforms abandoned during an escape. Those inmates who remain behind bars help shape the economy here, preparing and selling mailboxes, fly rods, flowers, even water buffalo meat — a thriving prison industry with prices that undercut miffed local merchants, who urge customers to patronize law-abiding people, not...

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