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SB14-064: Use Of Isolated Confinement Mental Illness

Criminal Justice | Stop Solitary
Bill Number: SB14-064
Year: 2014
ACLU Position: Active Support
Sponsors: Salazar, Ulibarri


The bill requires the department of corrections to review the status of all offenders held in long-term isolated confinement within 90 days after the effective date of the bill. If the review determines that the offender is seriously mentally ill, the department shall move the offender from long-term isolated confinement to a mental health step-down unit, a prison mental hospital, or other appropriate housing that does not include long-term isolated confinement. The department may not place a seriously mentally ill offender in long-term isolated confinement and must do a mental health evaluation prior to placing an inmate in
long-term isolated confinement prior to placement to determine whether the placement is allowed.

The bill dictates the type and manner that discipline is applied to seriously mentally ill inmates. The bill provides seriously mentally ill inmates with the opportunity for therapy and out-of-cell time.

Current Status:

05/07/2014 - Sent to the Governor
04/29/2014 - Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
04/22/2014 - House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/14/2014 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
04/14/2014 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/11/2014 - Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/09/2014 - Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/10/2014 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
01/14/2014 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

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