Criminal Justice:

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

Wiretap: Universal health care saves lives, capital punishment does not

Mortality rates in Massachusetts fell by 3 percent in the four years after Romneycare began. Steepest declines came in counties with the highest proportion of previously uninsured people....

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May 6, 2014 Big Media, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Environment/Energy, Health, Just In, Politics, The Beats

Troubled capital punishment process ends in prolonged, groaning death

We had been warned that the execution of Clayton Lockett, a convicted murderer and rapist who had shot his 19-year-old victim and ordered a friend to bury her alive, would take longer than usual....

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April 30, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, In-Depth, Politics, The Beats

Head Cases

"There I was, lying on the concrete floor with a hole through my skull the size of a .50 caliber slug, trying to stop the profuse bleeding."...

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April 29, 2014 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, In-Depth


Gardner and Udall have raised and spent millions, but the real money is independent

In what’s shaping up to be one of the most influential congressional races in the nation, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall raised $1.74 million during April and May and spent just over $2 million. His Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, raised just over $1.5 million and spent roughly $600,000.

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News Poem: ‘Birds of the Flood’

In the morning, the dog puked after lapping from a puddle. / He refused a bowl from the tap as if he knew better.

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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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