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The Gray Box: The inhumanity of solitary confinement

This story, written by Colorado Independent editor Susan Greene, is among the work for which she is being honored this week by the ACLU...

Legal settlement ends Colorado’s practice of denying inmates fresh air

Although fresh air and sunlight come free in Colorado, they have long been denied to hundreds of state prisoners, some of whom have gone...

Feds pay out $175k for ADX suicide

It was sick enough that the federal Bureau of Prisons let Robert Knott degenerate so far that he killed himself in its ADX supermax...

Feds pay $175,000 settlement for ADX suicide

It was sick enough that the federal Bureau of Prisons let Robert Knott degenerate to the point that he killed himself in its ADX...

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....

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...

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...

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, Thomas Silverstein....

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."

ADX prisoner remained hogtied for hours after death

Officials kept the lifeless body shackled for hours even when they moved it to the hospital in Cañon City and waited for the coroner to officially declare it dead, even after the coroner's repeat requests to just please remove the chains.