A measure seeking the immediate arrest of parolees who remove or tamper with their electronic monitoring device has cleared the Colorado Legislature and heads to the governor for his signature.
The use of solitary confinement for inmates with a serious mental illness would be outlawed under a bill approved by the Colorado House.
A 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.
Parolees who remove or tamper with their electronic monitoring device would be subject to immediate arrest under a bill approved by the Colorado House.
A proposal aimed at reducing the use of solitary confinement for prisoners with serious mental illness has won unanimous approval in the state Senate.
Democrats have rejected a proposal to give Colorado prisons the power to revoke inmates’ earned time, saying the measure raised safety concerns and discouraged good behavior.
A woman who pleaded guilty to buying the handgun used to kill the director of Colorado’s prisons was sentenced to more than two years in prison and three years supervision Monday.
The Colorado House approved a measure giving prisons authority to revoke inmates’ earned time for any reason or if they have committed a violent crime while incarcerated.
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.”
Colorado prisons would have the power to revoke inmates’ earned time for any reason, or if they have committed a violent crime while incarcerated, with a bill given initial approval Thursday in the House.