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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...

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...

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."

‘Finally out and among the living’

  Jack Powers is an inmate in the federal Bureau of Prisons convicted of bank robbery and escaping from prison. He spent more than a...

Lawyers force emergency transfer of mentally ill ADX prisoner

It’s distressing enough that a 29-year-old prisoner at the federal supermax in Florence has been spending his days face against a wall, making sculptures of his feces and smearing it on his body and his hair.