Prison http://www.kunc.org en Gov. Hickenlooper Has Signed A Ban On Long-term Solitary For The Mentally Ill http://www.kunc.org/post/gov-hickenlooper-has-signed-ban-long-term-solitary-mentally-ill <p>Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday, June 6 that bans the practice of keeping seriously mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement.</p><p>The bill, which passed with strong bipartisan support, won the support of advocates and rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, who say the isolation of prisoners with mental illness violates the constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment and endangers public safety.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:01:50 +0000 Rocky Mountain PBS I-News & Kristin Jones 57511 at http://www.kunc.org Gov. Hickenlooper Has Signed A Ban On Long-term Solitary For The Mentally Ill Life After 'Life': Aging Inmates Struggle For Redemption http://www.kunc.org/post/life-after-life-aging-inmates-struggle-redemption Out in the empty plains of northeast Colorado two years ago, nine inmates line up against a wall inside the Sterling Correctional Facility. It's a line of green jumpsuits and gray hair.<p>The men, hobbling on canes, wait for the others to pull plastic chairs into a circle so class can begin. Today's instruction is about what life is like on the outside: how to use an ATM, how to find a job, what the Internet is.<p>These men have been in prison for two, three or four decades. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 57382 at http://www.kunc.org Life After 'Life': Aging Inmates Struggle For Redemption An Inmate Who Killed Another Rethinks His Own Past http://www.kunc.org/post/inmate-who-killed-another-rethinks-his-own-past Carlos Rocha grew up in Chicago and became a gang member like his brothers. In 1998, he was arrested for weapons possession and sent to prison.<p>Right before he was to be released on bond, Carlos, now 40, got into a fight with another inmate and killed him, resulting in an additional 24 years behind bars.<p>"I didn't look at it ... like I took somebody's life that really mattered," Carlos says during a StoryCorps visit to Danville Correctional Center in Illinois, where he is an inmate. "I looked at it like he was a criminal, just like me. I was defending myself. Fri, 16 May 2014 07:42:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56579 at http://www.kunc.org An Inmate Who Killed Another Rethinks His Own Past 'Significant And Persisting' Mental Illness A Challenge for Larimer, Fort Collins Law Enforcement http://www.kunc.org/post/significant-and-persisting-mental-illness-challenge-larimer-fort-collins-law-enforcement <p>Larimer County law enforcement, either on the street or in the county jail, say they're seeing more significant and persisting mental illnesses like mood, bipolar, psychotic disorders and schizophrenia.</p><p>The shift is taxing resources with Emergency Rooms, health care providers, jail resources and the Fort Collins Police Department.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:00:30 +0000 Grace Hood 56444 at http://www.kunc.org 'Significant And Persisting' Mental Illness A Challenge for Larimer, Fort Collins Law Enforcement For Mental Illnesses, Steep Costs Found Behind Bars http://www.kunc.org/post/mental-illnesses-steep-costs-found-behind-bars <p>People with mental illnesses in Colorado are more than five times as likely to be housed in jails or in prisons than in hospital psychiatric beds. Colorado’s sheriffs say county jails are overwhelmed with inmates who need hospitalization or treatment for their mental health problems – not incarceration.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Rocky Mountain PBS I-News & Kristin Jones 56449 at http://www.kunc.org For Mental Illnesses, Steep Costs Found Behind Bars