Colorado inmate visits halted amid swine flu fears
DENVER, Colorado ” The Colorado Department of Corrections is suspending all inmate visits for at least a week as a precaution against swine flu.
Corrections officials say there are no confirmed cases of the flu in the state’s prison system, which houses about 23,400 inmates. But DOC Executive Director Ari Zavaras says the decision to stop inmate visits was made after consulting with Colorado’s chief medical officer.
Attorney visits, parole board hearings and clinic appointments are still being allowed. Corrections officials say they will consider next week whether to resume allowing all visits.
Health officials have confirmed 10 cases of swine flu so far in Colorado.