Rick Raemisch

Colorado Prisons Make Small Profit From Inmate Work ProgramColorado prisons are making big profits from charging inmates for phone calls and other personal items, but they're struggling to break even from shops run by inmate labor.
Lawmakers Trying To Restrict Solitary ConfinementA year after a Colorado inmate held in solitary confinement allegedly gunned down the state prisons chief upon being released, lawmakers are moving to restrict use of the punishment for the mentally ill.
Colorado Prisoner Who Murdered As Teen Hangs SelfA 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 Prison Director Seeks Isolation ReformColorado'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."
Colorado Parole Division Gets New DirectorThe Colorado Department of Corrections has chosen a new leader for its much criticized parole division.
Mentally Ill Won't Be Put In Solitary Confinement In ColoradoColorado 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.
Solitary Confinement Declines In ColoradoThe number of Colorado inmates in solitary confinement is declining and prison officials say they're looking at changing policies to continue the trend.
Corrections Director Rips Own Department In Legislative HearingsRick 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’.
DOC Chief: Parole Supervision Needs ImprovementThe 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.
State Lawmakers Examine 'Ongoing Culture Of Problems' At Parole Dept.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.
Dept. Of Corrections Admits: Parolees Routinely Downgraded Due To Budget Concerns 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.
Study: Colorado Needs Clear Rules For Parolee AlertsAn 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.

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