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The Corrections Department has declined specific comment on its opposition to SB 64’s initial drafting, where they said the nuts and bolts of the policy should be left up to the prison system’s internal regulations. The DOC is part of the executive branch and bristles at the notion of state lawmakers legislating how it should house certain prisoners.
In a Colorado Department of Corrections memo sent Tuesday, Interim Director Lou Archuleta directed wardens across the state to no longer house mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement.
To have known Tom Clements during his first year in Colorado meant hearing a statistic, sometimes over and over again, that haunted him as director of the state’s Corrections Department.