When a judge threatens contempt, state officials have a limited period of time to move someone from jail to a hospital bed or treatment center.
The number of inmates at the county's only jail reached record numbers Monday.
Traci Lundstrom has been gathering data from her classes on the benefits of yoga for incarcerated women.
If someone is found mentally incompetent to stand trial, the state is required to “restore” them to competency within 28 days. Lawyers and advocates say the state is taking far longer.
ICE notifications mean federal officials requested that local police tell them when certain people are being released from jail.
The jail in Durango reached capacity earlier this month when it housed 228 inmates, 11 more than its listed capacity of 217 inmates.
The suit comes at a time when the Colorado Department of Human Services say the number of mentally ill people in jail has skyrocketed.
A bill that died at the stroke of midnight Thursday would have shifted much of the state’s mentally ill treatment for people in jail to the jails themselves.
In the final few days of the legislative session, the bills will likely get a final Senate vote by the end of the week and then head to the House for consideration.
The state has been sued for how they’ve handled people deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial three times since 2008.