Case No. No. 02-M-0651, United States District Court, District of Colorado; No. 03-1397, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals; No. 06-1454, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
ACLU Case No. 2001-14
This class action alleges that the El Paso County Jail in Colorado Springs fails to protect and provide adequately for prisoners with serious mental health needs, a group that makes up a steadily-increasing portion of the jail's population. When the lawsuit was filed in April 2002, nine prisoners had died in the jail in recent years. In almost every case, the deceased prisoner was suicidal, seriously mentally ill, or displaying symptoms of psychosis from overdose or withdrawal. In the first year that the lawsuit was pending, two additional prisoners in the jail died from suicide.
David Fathi , ACLU National Prison Project
Mark Silverstein , ACLU of Colorado Legal Director
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