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Criminal Justice:

Sheriff’s employee of the month punched inmate posing no threat

  Here we go again. Yet another video of another Denver sheriff’s officer beating an inmate without provocation. The latest shows Deputy Steven Valerio punching […]...

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July 25, 2014 Criminal Justice, In-Depth

Troubling new video shows excessive force was ordered at Denver jail

  Days after Mayor Michael Hancock ousted Gary Wilson as Denver’s sheriff, a new video underscores the depth of excessive force problems that led to […]...

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July 25, 2014 Criminal Justice, In-Depth

Littwin: Counting the gasps

  THIS is the modern story of the death penalty. It begins with a horrific crime and ends, 25 years later, with a botched execution, […]...

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July 25, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Littwin, Littwin Columns, Politics, The Beats

One day into job, backstory unfolds about interim sheriff’s criminal record

  The city of Denver regularly checks the backgrounds of people it arrests and incarcerates. Why, then, did Michael Hancock’s administration apparently not know about […]...

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July 22, 2014 Criminal Justice, In-Depth, The Beats

Mayor Hancock’s Denver sheriff appointee has “false reporting” criminal conviction

  Division Chief Elias Diggins, the man Mayor Michael Hancock has picked to temporarily head the Denver Sheriff’s Department, was once charged with a felony […]...

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July 21, 2014 Criminal Justice, In-Depth

Exclusive video: Denver deputy belted, then kicked inmate who posed no apparent threat

  This is the video Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration doesn’t want you to see. On its own, it’s disturbing enough. It shows Denver Sheriff’s Deputy […]...

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July 16, 2014 Criminal Justice, Just In

Federal supermax in Colo condemned as torturous

The federal supermax in Colorado, once described by its former warden as “a cleaner version of hell,” is, in effect, a torture chamber, according to […]...

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July 16, 2014 ADX, Criminal Justice, In-Depth

Charge dropped against sheriff’s captain who is ex-wife of Denver’s Sheriff

Also: Sheriff's Chief Frank Gale is put on leave as police probe alleged preferential treatment in city jail....

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July 1, 2014 Criminal Justice, Just In, Politics, Uncategorized

Chief of Denver’s jail under investigation for special treatment afforded criminally charged sheriff’s captain

It’s unclear who was making decisions to treat Gillespie differently than the thousands of other arrestees the sheriff department deals with annually....

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June 20, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, The Beats

Thirty-one years of solitude…and counting

  How long should the government be allowed to imprison someone in extreme isolation? Indefinitely, according to a new federal appeals court ruling. The case, […]...

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May 27, 2014 ADX, Criminal Justice, Just In

ELECTIONS 2014

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Chris Christie in Colorado to campaign for Bob Beauprez

  DENVER — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took a tour of downtown Denver today with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez.  The pair stopped off at […]

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THE BLOGS

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Excessive force in Denver: A mother’s open letter

  [Editor’s note: On Friday, The Colorado Independent posted a video and news story about the Denver Sheriff’s Department and its use of taser guns […]

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EVENTS

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‘It ain’t Latin’: A news-stained poetry happening

Where are poetry and journalism coming together today? Right here at the Colorado Independent and live in Denver, July 26 at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

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