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TONIGHT: Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary Book Launch

Join editors Taylor Pendergrass and Mateo Hoke in conversation with The Colorado Independent about Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary, their new book with...

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...

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 a plan to put the prison to use.

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....

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."

Civil and digital rights advanced

notes on the 111th day of the 2014 legislative session