Criminal Justice:

Colorado adopts eyewitness-testimony standards

Eyewitness identifications in criminal investigations are notoriously unreliable, as Nat Stein wrote about in The Colorado Independent in February. Old-fashioned lineups lead to false convictions; innocent people […]...

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April 17, 2015 Criminal Justice, Politics, The Beats, The Mix, Uncategorized

Lawmakers try to stop bleeding money on Colorado’s multimillion-dollar empty prison

For nearly three years the 948 solitary confinement cells of Colorado State Penitentiary II have stood empty outside Canon City, a hollow and expensive reminder of a corrections practice the state has largely abandoned. Now, lawmakers say they’re working on...

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April 14, 2015 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, In-Depth, Politics, The Mix, Uncategorized

‘Ebel Effect’ drives surge in Colorado corrections spending

The problem has gone up enormously since the murder of prisons chief Tom Clements....

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April 7, 2015 Criminal Justice, Politics

Republicans join police reform movement at the Capitol

"Even the chiefs and sheriffs say 'We see it. We need to do something to rebuild the lack of trust out there.'"...

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April 2, 2015 Capitol Dispatch, Criminal Justice, Just In, The Mix

Holmes family prayers – and its silence

What we know about James Holmes’ trial is that it’s set to start in Arapahoe County in less than a month. And that it’ll be […]...

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March 31, 2015 Center Well, Criminal Justice, Just In, The Beats, The Mix

Racial disparity in marijuana arrests; overall charges down

Criminal justice reform, particularly for communities of color, was one of the principal reasons Coloradans voted two-to-one to legalize marijuana. Now, just over a year […]...

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March 30, 2015 Criminal Justice, Health, Just In, The Mix, Uncategorized

Deja vu all over again on prolonged prison isolation

In the 1820s, the American penal system sought to end mutilating, amputating and putting convicts to death by housing them alone in isolation cells. The […]...

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March 26, 2015 ADX, Criminal Justice, Just In, The Beats, The Mix

Kagan talks police body-cam bill, one of a slew on police reform introduced at the Capitol

There are lots of wrinkles in any body-cam policy that can make them either a success or a failure. The devil's in the details....

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March 12, 2015 Criminal Justice, Politics, The Beats, The Mix

Op-Ed: Unique’s fight for justice and a place to call home

Trans people are being killed at alarming rates. In detention. In the streets. In their homes. And we aren’t paying enough attention....

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December 11, 2014 Criminal Justice, Reporter's Notebook, The Beats, The Blogs, The Mix

A closet within a closet

Unique Taylor doesn’t officially exist. That’s because the 37-year-old, convicted for a drug-manufacturing conspiracy, is trapped, quite literally, in two of the most extreme ways […]...

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December 8, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, In-Depth, The Beats, The Mix


Drilling into Colorado fracking: A panel discussion – April 30

The governor’s drilling task force has wrapped up its work and Coloradans are wondering what’s next with fracking policy. Colorado Independent Managing Editor John Tomasic […]

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