CO Corrections Head: End Solitary

    ADELANTO, CA - NOVEMBER 15: An immigrant detainee makes a call from his 'segregation cell' at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. Guards said he had been put in solitary confinement for fighting with another inmate. The facility, the largest and newest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention center in California, houses an average of 1,100 immigrants in custody pending a decision in their immigration cases or awaiting deportation. The facility is managed by the private GEO Group. ICE detains an average of 33,000 undocumented immigrants in more than 400 facilities nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    How's this for firsthand job experience? The new executive director of Colorado's Department of Corrections spent 20 hours in solitary confinement to experience what it's like for the state's 593 prisoners who are held in isolation. Calling the practice "counterproductive and inhumane" in a New York Times op-ed, Rick Raemish signaled that he would try to follow New York state's recent effort to reduce the practice. "When I finally left my cell at 3 p.m., I felt even more urgency for reform," he wrote. "If we can’t eliminate solitary confinement, at least we can strive to greatly reduce its use."

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