Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility

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Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility
Location Cañon City, Colorado
Status open
Security class mixed
Capacity 900
Opened 1871
Managed by Colorado Department of Corrections
The Deputy Warden's House, on the grounds of the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility, built in 1901 by prison labor

Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility (CTCF), colloquially known simply as "Territorial," is a medium security prison in Cañon City, Colorado. CTCF is the oldest prison in the Colorado DOC system. It was built in 1871 as a territorial prison and became a state prison in 1876. The Colorado DOC system only has two infirmaries, one of which is located in CTCF. The other is located in the Denver Reception & Diagnostic Center (DRDC).[citation needed]

From the 1890s to the 1990s, the Colorado death row was located at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility.[1] The execution chamber was also located in this prison.[2] In the 1990s the Colorado State Penitentiary opened, and death row moved there. As of 2012 the Sterling Correctional Facility houses Colorado's death row prisoners.[1]


  1. ^ a b Mitchell, Kirk. "Colorado moves death-row inmates so they can exercise outdoors" (Archive). Denver Post. July 28, 2011. Retrieved on April 19, 2012.
  2. ^ Kirby, Jen. "Photos: A Haunting Look at America’s Execution Chambers" (Archive). New York (magazine). May 16, 2014. Retrieved on September 19, 2015.

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Coordinates: 38°26′12″N 105°14′54″W / 38.43667°N 105.24833°W / 38.43667; -105.24833