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Lawmaker will seek to abolish solitary confinement for mentally ill prisoners

State Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Adams County, is sponsoring a bill to find alternatives to the use of so-called administrative segregation for prisoners who have been diagnosed with one of a wide array of serious psychological disorders.

Supermax prisoner Robert Knott finds family after death

It’s Ho-Chunk custom to honor their dead with a four-day, four-night ceremony. But there was no such service for Robert Knott, who returned to his Winnebago tribe 18 days too late.

Appeals court to weigh how much is too much solitary confinement

By law, you get 15 minutes to argue in the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The rules are the rules but this one comes across as painfully ironic in this case.

Suicide at ADX: The quietest death

As weeks go, the first one of September was especially tough for Fremont County Coroner Carlette Brocious.

CO Prison Officials Acknowledge Chief’s Murder Tied to Solitary Confinement Policies

To have known Tom Clements during his first year in Colorado meant hearing a statistic, sometimes over and over again, that haunted him as director of the state’s Corrections Department.

Hickenlooper Appoints New Director to Department of Corrections

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday appointed Wisconsin’s former prisons chief, Rick Raemisch, as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. For his part, Raemisch described himself in a prepared statement as “a strong law and order individual, but I also believe that people can change.”

Colorado ‘Treatment’ Facility Held Mentally Disabled Teen in Solitary for 25...

Fourteen-year-old Kiondre Davison had a habit of acting up in school and running away from home. Social services officials stepped in to help. They sent him to El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch, a teen treatment center that touts its “environment of safety and loving care.”

Clements Murder Suspect Ebel Was Anxious about Walking Free, Documents Show

Evan Ebel, suspected murderer of Prisons Chief Tom Clements, filed a series of grievances with the Department of Corrections shortly before his release from prison that document his concerns about transitioning directly from years in solitary confinement to the free world.

Pueblo Treatment Center Draws Scrutiny for Alleged Teen Solitary Policies

A residential teen treatment center in Pueblo, Colorado, is under fire for housing children in prolonged solitary confinement.

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.
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