The Garfield County Jail, based in Glenwood Springs, is not permitting reading. Except for issues of USA Today, that is. Steve Hopple, the jail's commander, recently confirmed
the information. It implemented the 'no other newspaper' rule about a year ago.
“It’s for the safety of our inmates,” Hopple explained. “I know that’s hard to quite fathom. But as our population grows, we run out of space for special-needs inmates and those special-needs inmates’ safety can be placed at risk.”
Sexual predators and inmates convicted of crimes against children can be targeted by other justice-seeking prisoners, Hopple said.
Hopple says that local news is omitted "to make it easy." The Garfield County Sheriff's Office, which runs the jail, adds it only allows USA Today because it provides "well-rounded national news and it's fairly comprehensive."