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Deputy Who Attacked Inmate Assigned To Training Other Officers

(18) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 11:45 AM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

DENVER — After suspending a deputy for slamming an inmate into a window and misleading investigators about the attack, the Denver Sheriff’s Department assigned him to train other officers on how to handle volatile situations and how to write official reports about...

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Denver Sheriff's Deputy Attacks Shackled Inmate In Courtroom (VIDEO)

(240) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 12:42 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susane Greene.

DENVER — Denver’s safety department waited a year to discipline a sheriff’s deputy for grabbing a man who was appearing before a judge in a Denver County courtroom and slamming him into a wall.

The deputy, Brady Lovingier, is the son of...

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Robert Knott, Supermax Prisoner Who Hanged Himself, Reunited With Family After Death

(22) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 3:20 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

It’s Ho-Chunk custom to honor their dead with a four-day, four-night ceremony.

But there was no such service for Robert Knott, who returned to his Winnebago tribe 18 days too late to bury in its tradition — and more than 40 years...

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Emergency Transfer For Mentally Ill Colorado Supermax Prisoner After Suicide Concerns Surface

(187) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 3:11 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

DENVER — It’s distressing enough that a 29-year-old prisoner at the federal supermax in Florence has been spending his days with his face against a wall, making sculptures out of his feces and smearing it on his body and in his hair.

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Suicide At Supermax: Questions Swirl About Death Of Inmate Robert Knott

(66) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 3:04 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

As weeks go, the first one of September was especially tough for Fremont County Coroner Carlette Brocious.

Three residents of the 47,347-person county killed themselves in four days. That’s a record in her eight years in the office.

“Three people right in...

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Air Force Academy Gets First Female Superintendent As School Faces Surge In Sexual Assaults

(34) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 1:25 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

A decade after a rape scandal rattled the Air Force Academy, reports of sexual assaults involving cadets are surging, according to Colorado Springs’ rape crisis center.

“Recently, we’ve seen an increase in the number of clients from the Academy,” said Janet...

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Tom Clements Death: Prison Officials Acknowledge Chief's Death Tied To Solitary Confinement Policies

(70) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 7:02 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

To have known Tom Clements during his first year in Colorado meant hearing a statistic, sometimes over and over again, that haunted him as director of the state’s Corrections Department.

He mentioned it the day we met, shortly after shaking my hand.

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Suthers, Prosecutors Suppressed Crime Lab Concerns, Colo. Defense Lawyers Say

(14) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 10:23 AM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene..

Colorado prosecutors were informed about alleged misconduct in the state toxicology lab at least three weeks before the problems were disclosed to defense lawyers, according to documents obtained by The Colorado Independent.

Leaders in the criminal defense community say the district attorneys’...

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Colorado Forensic Lab Under Fire For Alleged Mismanagement, Lab Bias And 'Cover Up'

(8) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 12:24 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

DENVER– Colorado’s legal-defense community is raising questions about “what appears to be a cover-up” of systemic problems at the state lab that tests evidence in criminal cases.

In a letter written Friday, Attorney General John Suthers disclosed the existence of a two-and-a-half-month-old,...

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Mesa County, Colo. A National Leader In Domestic Drone Use

(61) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 9:34 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

A county in western Colorado has embraced domestic police drones in an era when states are increasingly limiting use of the technology.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Department is one of the few departments in the U.S. authorized to maneuver unmanned aerial vehicles...

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Nathan Dunlap Execution: ACLU Still Pushing For Secret Nathan Dunlap Execution Documents

(43) Comments | Posted May 25, 2013 | 6:43 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

When Gov. John Hickenlooper this week blocked the execution of Nathan Dunlap, he called for a statewide conversation about the death penalty. His decision to reprieve the Chuck E. Cheese’s murderer came weeks after Colorado lawmakers killed a bill to...

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Nathan Dunlap Execution: Colorado Officials Decline To Detail How Dunlap Will Be Executed

(8) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 9:05 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

While political observers speculate on the factors shaping Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's thinking on whether or not to prevent the execution later this summer of convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap, civil libertarians are demanding to know how the procedure would be carried out.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Brand Hollister Violating Disabilities Act: Denver Judge

(334) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 5:16 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

A Denver-based federal judge has ruled that the entrances to hundreds of Hollister stores nationwide violate the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Two months after U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel ordered Hollister parent company Abercrombie & Fitch to work with disability...

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Kiondre Davison, Mentally Disabled Teen, Held In Solitary For 25 Days At Colorado ‘Treatment' Facility

(9) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 3:07 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

Fourteen-year-old Kiondre Davison had a habit of acting up in school and running away from home. Social services officials stepped in to help. They sent him to El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch, a teen treatment center that touts its “environment of...

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Colorado Civil Unions Opening Day: Same-Sex Couples One Step Closer To Marriage Equality

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 8:34 AM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

Almost a year ago, Erika Highstead and Sarah Musick rented a party space, dressed in their finest and vowed their commitment to each other in front of a hundred friends.

“By the power I truly wish was vested in me, I now...

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Evan Ebel, Suspect In Tom Clements Murder, Was Concerned About Transition Back Into Society

(39) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 9:35 AM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

Evan Ebel, suspected murderer of Prisons Chief Tom Clements, filed a series of grievances with the Department of Corrections shortly before his release from prison that document his concerns about transitioning directly from years in solitary confinement to the free world.

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El Pueblo Treatment Center Draws Scrutiny For Alleged Teen Solitary Confinement Policies

(5) Comments | Posted April 20, 2013 | 10:19 AM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

A residential teen treatment center in Pueblo, Colorado, is under fire for housing children in prolonged solitary confinement.

The El Pueblo facility treats at-risk adolescents, many with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions and many under the watch of Colorado’s Department of...

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Evan Ebel Suicide Note Shows Parolee Was 'Ruined' By Solitary, Bent On Revenge: Troy Anderson, Friend Of Ebel

(83) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 11:18 AM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

About two weeks before his death, Evan Ebel — suspect in last month’s murders of pizza delivery man Nate Leon and Colorado corrections chief Tom Clements — wrote a suicide note to a longtime friend who says Ebel was unhinged by his...

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Evan Ebel's Alleged Shooting Of Colorado Prison Chief Tom Clements Was Not Due To White Supremacy Gang 'Hit': Former Inmate

(12) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 11:14 AM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

DENVER– In the weeks before his death, Evan Ebel, suspected killer of Colorado Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements, had broken ties with white supremacist prison gang 211 Crew and was debilitated by the transition from prolonged isolation to social contact, according...

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Tom Clements, Slain Colorado Prisons Chief, Was Forward-Thinking And Fought Back Prison Culture

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 12:00 PM

From The Colorado Independent's Susan Greene.

Prison work is an insular occupation. Corrections officials tend to inhabit a culture unto themselves– tight-lipped, low profile and tough as nails. Tom Clements was an exception.

In his two years in Colorado, the state Corrections chief who was gunned down at...

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