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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...

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 grate outdoors

The Colorado Department of Corrections is back in court again, this time defending concrete “shoeboxes” as appropriate spaces for outdoor exercise. ...

Ebel Friend: Suicide Note Shows Parolee ‘Ruined’ by Solitary, Bent on...

About two weeks before his death, Evan Ebel -- suspect in last month’s murders of pizza delivery man Nate Leon and Colorado corrections chief Tom Clements -- wrote a suicide note to a longtime friend who says Ebel was unhinged by his abrupt release from solitary confinement and seeking revenge for years of humiliation and torture behind bars.