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Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Colorado: Demonstrators Clash with Police over Seizure of Jury Nullification Pamphlets by Joe Watson Occupy Denver and other local activists have been engaged in a long-term campaign of jury nullification education outside Denver’s Second Judicial District courthouse. The activists’ attempts to exercise their First Amendment rights have resulted in repeated ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Colorado Town to Pay $775,000 for Relying on Bogus Snitch by Derek Gilna As a result of two federal lawsuits brought on behalf of eight plaintiffs, in October 2016 the Colorado town of Trinidad agreed to pay $775,000 to the victims of its police department’s incompetence and over-reliance on a ...
Colorado’s “Make My Day” Law No Longer Applies to Prisoners by On the heels of the dismissal of murder charges against two Sterling Correctional Facility (SCF) prisoners under the state’s “Make My Day” law, lawmakers quickly rolled back the self-protection statute’s applicability to prisoners. Prosecutors charged SCF prisoners Antero Alainz ...
Collecting Unpaid Booking Fees in Colorado may be Illegal, Experts Say by Joe Watson According to legal experts, unpaid jail booking fees that sheriff’s departments across Colorado have collected for years may violate state law if the fees are being taken from people who are repeatedly arrested, such as the ...
Article • October 25, 2016
Colorado Prisoner Sues Over Prison Officials' Failure to Treat Dental Infection by Matthew Clarke A Colorado state prisoner filed a federal civil rights action in September 2014, alleging denial of medical care for a dental infection that nearly killed him and left him with partial paralysis of his tongue and ...
Colorado Guards Joke While Prisoner Dies from Easily Preventable Cause by Matthew Clarke The death of 35-year-old Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) prisoner Christopher Lopez at the San Carols Correctional Facility on March 17, 2013, would have been rejected if submitted as a plot for a novel. It is too ...
$100,000 Jury Verdict in BOP Gender Discrimination Case by Lonnie Burton On September 27, 2002, a federal jury sitting in the United States District Court in Colorado found in favor of the plaintiff in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) worker against her ...
Oregon Habeas Cognizable to Challenge Confinement in Florida and Colorado under Interstate Compact by In a pair of rulings, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that prisoners incarcerated in other states under the Interstate Corrections Compact (ICC) may challenge the conditions of their confinement in habeas corpus actions against Oregon ...
BOP Settles Handicapped Discrimination Lawsuit for $65,000 by Christopher Zoukis The Bureau of Prisons settled a claim of discrimination on the basis of handicap brought by former employee Terry L. Ryckman in January 2001. Ryckman was employed by the Bureau as a prison guard at United States Penitentiary Florence, Colorado ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Colorado Parole Officer Allegedly Forges Documents to Increase Incarceration by According to a report by the Inspector General's Office (IG) of the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC), a parole officer may have changed the arrest dates on documents to keep people arrested on parole violation warrants locked up longer than ...
Supermax Prisoner Denied FOIL and Privacy Requests by 10th Circuit by Derek Gilna Mark Jordan, a prisoner at the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX), in Florence, Colorado, has been denied relief under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. Section 552, and the Privacy Act (PA), 5 ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Welcome to America by Alan Prendergast He came looking for work. A week in the Park County Jail changed everything. Here is something Moises Carranza-Reyes wants you to know right off: He has never been charged with a crime, in this country or in his native Mexico. Yes, he did ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Audit Faults Colorado DOC Health Care Management by G.A. Bowers The Colorado State Auditor found the health care provided to Colorado prisoners is lacking, as is the Colorado Department of Corrections' (CDOC) management of its Clinical Services Division. In its 54-page report released on October 6, 2005, the Colorado State ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Filed under: Private Prisons
Colorado DOC Toughens Private Prison Contracts by G.A. Bowers In response to a scathing audit, the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) told state lawmakers in October 2005 that the Department is making the recommended changes. Six private prisons scattered across Colorado's eastern plains hold over 4,000 of the state's prisoners. ...
Article • August 12, 2016
BOP Settles Employee's Retaliation Lawsuit for $35,000 by David T. Lee was a GS-7 inmate systems officer at the FCI in Florence, Colorado when he applied to two GS-8 positions. He was not selected for either position. Believing the reason for this was racial prejudice, he filed a complaint with ...
Publication • August 12, 2016
Filed under: Corrections Audits, Parole
Discretionary Parole State Board of Parole Performance Audit, CO State Auditor, 2008 REPORT OF THE STATE AUDITOR Discretionary Parole State Board of Parole Performance Audit November 2008 LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMMITTEE 2008 MEMBERS Representative James Kerr Chair Representative Dianne Primavera Vice-Chair Senator Jim Isgar Representative Rosemary Marshall Representative Frank McNulty Senator ...
Publication • August 11, 2016
Out of Sight, Out of Mind - Colorado’s continued warehousing of mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement, ACLU, 2014 Out of Sight, Out of Mind Colorado’s continued warehousing of mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Results from Seven States Shows Program-Driven Recidivism Reduction by The National Reentry Resource Center has published a new study of seven states showing that with proper pre-release programming, recidivism rates can be reduced by a significant amount.  The study, which covered the states of Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, ...
Article • August 9, 2016
Colorado Shuts Down $208M Boondoggle; Taxpayers On Hook for Empty Prison by A new Colorado prison built exclusively for solitary confinement was itself abandoned by the state on Nov. 1, 2012, much like the people it was supposed to incarcerate. Now, unless the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) bails out ...
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