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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 of […]...

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September 25, 2017 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Greene, In-Depth, Just In, The Beats, The Blogs, The Mix

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 years […]...

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July 5, 2016 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Just In, The Beats, The Mix, Uncategorized

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 after […]...

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March 7, 2016 Criminal Justice, Just In, The Beats, The Mix

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 supermax […]...

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March 7, 2016 Uncategorized

Lawmakers try to stop bleeding money on Colorado’s multimillion-dollar empty prison

For nearly three years the 948 solitary confinement cells of Colorado State Penitentiary II have stood empty outside Canon City, a hollow and expensive reminder of a corrections practice the state has largely abandoned. Now, lawmakers say they’re working on...

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April 14, 2015 Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, In-Depth, Politics, The Mix, Uncategorized

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 […]...

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March 26, 2015 Criminal Justice, Just In, The Beats, The Mix

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 Criminal Justice, The Mix

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

Civil and digital rights advanced

notes on the 111th day of the 2014 legislative session...

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April 28, 2014 Capitol Notebook, The Mix

Solitary confinement by any other name …

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...

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April 23, 2014 Civil Rights, In-Depth, Uncategorized

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Hickenlooper calls his executive order for orphan gas wells the ‘second-best solution’

Colorado’s Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, on Wednesday signed an executive order focused on addressing the safety concerns around orphaned wells— while simultaneously admitting that the […]

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