(Nicole. B) Over the last week and a half, a couple of news stories have been released highlighting the abuse of prisoners suffering from mental illness in correctional facilities across the country. In North Carolina, reports surfaced that 54-year-old Michael Anthony Kerr, who suffered from schizophrenia,
by Janos Toevs, CDOC #63992 Graeme Wood has received considerable criticism for his September 16, 2014 Atlantic article, “How Gangs Took Over Prisons,” the primary point being he didn’t really attempt to interview a single prisoner. So far Wood’s response ahs been to ask what prisoners
The summer’s ended on both a sweet and sour note in the land of prisoner litigation here in Colorado! We are continuing to make great progress in our battle to make Colorado prisons more safe, human, and rehabilitative. In August, we filed two appeals –
(Raja R.) The @TheAtlantic has a new longread on prison gangs that is filled with some wonderfully vivid anecdotes of prison behavior (I particularly liked the description of how fishlining works), but it is nevertheless comprised entirely of the credulous re-telling of tales told to the author
(Dianne T.) The recent two articles in Westword by Alan Prendergast focused on the legacy of Tom Clements. Executive Director Tom Clements was a staunch supporter of the DOC program for lifers and long-termers called L-TOP (Long-Term Offender Program). It has been functioning
(Erik M.) A rare good news story about Colorado prison life in the Sunday Denver Post. You’ll meet Lazy Daisy and Romero, the four-footed employees of Centennial Correctional Facility’s new animal-therapy program. Three days a week, these dogs offer sloppy kisses and unconditional love
(Maha K.) A few days ago, Business Insider published an interview with former Colorado State Penitentiary doctor William Wright. Wright recently published a book detailing his experiences and “impressions” of prisoners, entitled Maximum Insecurity: A Doctor in Supermax. While we have not gotten the chance
Prisoner abuse happens everywhere. We’re glad to see light shed on the terrible abuse endured by Jamal Hunter and hope the U.S. Attorney’s office accepts the judge’s request for a federal investigation into the patterns and practices of the Denver Police & Sheriff departments.
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