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Coronavirus lockdowns in prisons test limits of Colorado’s rules on solitary confinement

Last summer, Matthew Harter, a 50-year-old from Lakewood, was incarcerated at Centennial Correctional Facility South, a prison in Cañon City, when he started to have trouble breathing.  Harter didn’t have COVID-19. He had anxiety, he said, because he was in quarantine, alone in his cell, which was about the size of a parking space, for […]

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Rep. Amabile: Solitary confinement is tantamount to torture. Our bill would restrict it in Colorado’s jails.

This past year has been one of loneliness and isolation for many. We have been denied the company of family and friends. The things that bring us joy and help us mark the time have been taken away. Social distancing and quarantine have taken a toll on our collective mental health.  However, as we’re isolated […]

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A Colorado case inspired a U.S. Supreme Court justice to write a stinging rebuke of solitary confinement

For three current and former Colorado inmates who spent months or years in solitary confinement, Tuesday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court will go down as a loss. In a routine order, the justices declined to hear the inmates’ appeals against Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Rick Raemisch and the warden of the Colorado […]