“If ever there were an escape-proof prison, it’s the facility at Florence,” said Burl Cain, the former longtime warden of the maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. “It’s the prison of all prisons.”
Colorado has been working since 2011 to cut the number of people held in solitary confinement.
- The bill limits the use of solitary confinement to four hours without approval of the head of the state Division of Youth Corrections.Read more
New law requires the Colorado Department of Corrections to evaluate all inmates in solitary and those the department determines to be mentally ill would have to be moved.
A year after the murder of corrections chief Tom Clements, his push to limit the use of solitary confinement continues. Some say the killing has resulted in stricter enforcement of parole and an increase in the inmate population for the first time in years.
New Department of Corrections head Rick Raemisch vows to continue efforts to reform the prison system initiated by the late Tom Clements.
Troy Anderson hasn't seen the sun in ten years.