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Press Coverage on Solitary Confinement in Colorado

"A Bid to Keep Youths Out of Adult Prisons" by John Schwartz, The New York Times, October 28, 2013. A jarring and important article about the realities of juvenile solitary confinement and suicide.

"ADX prisoner remained hogtied for hours after death" by Susan Greene, The Colorado Independent, October 24, 2013. Greene reports on the suicide of a prisoner at ADX who had his hands cuffed, ankles in leg irons and waist in a belly chain and black security box hours after his death.

"Lawmaker will seek to abolish solitary confinement for mentally ill prisoners" by Susan Greene, The Colorado Independent, October 23, 2013. Civil rights activists continue to push Colorado to end the use of solitary confinement for seriously mentally ill prisoners. Senator Jessie Ulibarri has sponsored a bill to find alternatives for prisoners with mental illnesses.

"America's 10 Worst Prisons: ADX" by James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, Mother Jones, May 1, 2013. Mother Jones compiled a list of America's ten worst prisons based on three years of research, correspondence with prisoners, and interviews with reform advocates. This article reviews one of the ten, ADX in Florence, Colorado, and the conditions there.

"Colorado spending $208 million on empty solitary confinement prison" by David Olinger, The Denver Post, November 11, 2012. Olinger reports on the history of Colorado State Penitentiary II. This prison was built for solitary confinement, and gained support on a bipartisan legislation. Projected statistics were wrong and Colorado crime rate and prison population has declined. Colorado reported on their solitary confinement system and state legislators unanimously agreed to close the prison.

"Colorado prison inmate wins right to outdoor exercise" by John Ingold, The Denver Post, September 4, 2012. In a ruling last week, a federal judge ordered prison officials to allow Troy Anderson to exercise outside. Anderson has been in solitary confinement for more than 10 years.

"Colorado Prisons Turn Away From Heavy Use of Solitary Confinement" by Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, June 4, 2012. This article discusses the decreasing need for prisons in Colorado and the transition of a once violent inmate.

"Mentally Ill Inmates Sue to Get Out of Solitary" The Associated Press, May 17, 2012. Law suites increase as mental health advocates predicate that solitary confinement practices do not work, especially for the mentally ill.

"Troy Anderson Lawsuit: Supermax Conditions Draw Criticism From Judge" by Alan Prendergast, May 7, 2012. Mentally ill inmate files lawsuit, stating that the Colorado State Penitentiary does not provide adequate care for mentally ill.

"After Years in Solitary, a Mentally Ill Prisoner's Day in Court" by Jean Casella and James Ridgeway, Mother Jones, April 30, 2012. Casella and Ridgeway report that Troy Anderson spends most of his time at the Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP) in isolation. Anderson is mentally ill and doesn't receive proper care. Anderson's lawyers argue, starting April 30, before the District Court in Denver that his situation violates his civil rights and is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"Colorado Closing Canon City prison" by Kristen Wyatt, The Gazette, March 19, 2012. The state Department of Corrections announced they will close the Colorado State Penitentiary II by February 2013. The Department of Corrections said the closure was due to a decline in both inmate population and use of solitary confinement.

"Another Prison Closure?" by Patrick Malonie, The Pueblo Chieftain, March 03, 2012. This article provides an in depth look into the closing of the high-security Colorado State Penitentiary II near Canon City.

"Solitary Confinement Reform is Welcome Sign of Progress" The Gazette, January 28, 2012. This article discusses how the CDOC expects to reduce its solitary confinement population.

Colorado Department of Corrections Administrative Segregation and Classification Review. This study published in Nov. 2011 by the National Institute of Corrections Prisons Division found that Colorado had an above average percentage of inmates being held in solitary confinement regardless of their mental states and that over 40 percent of them are later directly released into the community.  The findings and recommendations of the study led to significant reforms to limit the use of solitary confinement.

"Solitary Confinement Support Effort to Limit Cruel Punishment" The Durango Herald, April 09, 2011. Senate Bill 176 and its ability to limit the use of solitary confinement in Colorado’s prisons are discussed.

"Solitude as Torture" by The Rev. Dr. F.W. Rick Meyers, Colorado Springs Independent. A letter written by a Reverend in Chicago pertaining to the Bill 176 to implement limitations on the use of solitary confinement.

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