A man serving a life sentence for two murders he committed when he was a teenager has hanged himself, and a prison reform advocate says he had lost hope in a sentencing review process triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Colorado’s new Corrections Department director is promising to reform solitary confinement policies after spending the night in an isolated cell, an experiment he said left him “feeling twitchy and paranoid.”
The Colorado Department of Corrections has chosen a new leader for its much criticized parole division.
Colorado prison officials are being directed to stop placing mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement as the corrections department continues to decrease the number of people on administrative segregation.
The number of Colorado inmates in solitary confinement is declining and prison officials say they’re looking at changing policies to continue the trend.
Rick Raemisch, the new executive director of Colorado’s corrections department, today ripped his own parole and corrections departments for having ‘lax’ policies, misguided procedures and a recidivism rate he described as ‘embarrassingly high’.
The head of Colorado prisons told lawmakers his department needs to improve the monitoring of parolees, and that officials are considering using cell phones instead of electronic bracelets to do so.
The Colorado Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee began investigating Thursday what one legislator described as an ‘ongoing culture of problems’ within the state parole department.
Four months after a CBS4 investigation revealed dangerous Colorado parolees were getting lower levels of supervision due to perceived budget problems and after the Colorado Department of Corrections vehemently disputed the reports, the agency is now acknowledging the CBS4 investigation was correct.
An outside review says the Colorado prison system doesn’t have clear guidelines for how officers should respond when electronic alarms indicate a parolee is breaking the rules.