Federal Judge Criticizes Supermax Confinement in Colorado

Last week we wrote about a trial beginning in Federal District Court in Denver, in which Troy Anderson, a prisoner with mental illness, is challenging his twelve years of solitary confinement at the Colorado State Penitentiary. The lawsuit, filed by¬†student lawyers at¬†the University of Denver Law School’s Civil Right Clinic,¬†could have broad significance because it […]

Voices from Solitary: Colorado Department of Corrections in Need of Correction

For seven years, Clair L. Beazer has been an inmate in the supermax Colorado State Penitentiary in Ca√Īon City–which, as we’ve written before, qualifies as the solitary confinement capital of the Western World.¬†In this essay, Beazer¬†describes the effects of¬†years of¬†solitary confinement, pointing out that while it is¬†particularly torturous for¬†inmates already suffering from mental illness,¬†this “interminable, […]

Fortresses of Solitude (Part 2)

Ca√Īon City, Colorado, is the Solitary Confinement Capital of the Western World. Now, a Small Group Lawyers, Legislators, and Activists Is Challenging This All-American Form of Torture. Part 2: Showdown at the Colorado State Penitentiary Time passes slowly for the 750 prisoners at the Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP) on the outskirts of Ca√Īon City. For […]

Bill to Limit Solitary Confinement Introduced in Colorado Legislature

A¬†bill just introduced in the¬†Colorado state legislature would place curbs on the use of solitary confinement in state prisons, especially on prisoners with mental illness. As we’ve written before, Colorado makes liberal use of solitary confinement.¬†The practice has spurred public¬†debate over the opening of an second¬†costly supermax prison in the midst of a budget crisis, […]