Colorado Rights Blog

Alejandra Garza By: Alejandra Garza 3.10.2014

Senate Judiciary to hear solitary confinement bill today

The Senate Judiciary committee will be hearing testimony on SB 064 this afternoon. The bill would put limits on the use of solitary confinement for seriously mentally ill inmates and set rules regarding the discipline of and provision of therapy to such inmates.

The bill is sponsored by State Senator Jessie Ulibarri and Representative Joe Salazar.

UPDATE: The bill passed out of committee unanimously, 5-0.

Read the ACLU of Colorado’s report on the overuse of solitary confinement for mentally ill prisoners. 

Watch Out of Sight, Out of Mind, a short ACLU of Colorado documentary on one man’s experience in solitary confinement.

More about our campaign to end the use of solitary confinement in Colorado.



  • James Fisher spoke at the ACLU of Colorado Bill of Rights Dinner about how he and the ACLU are working together to stop the criminalization of poverty for the thousands of Coloradans who are trapped in debtors’ prisons.

  • Our membership has quadrupled in the last six months, making it possible to do more than ever to protect civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Thank you to all our new members, supporters, and donors, and the ones who’ve been with us for years.

  • Leisel Kemp, whose brother Jason was killed by CSP after they entered his home without a warrant, spoke at the 2013 Bill of Rights Dinner about the ACLU’s legal advocacy on behalf of her family.

  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind is an original short film from the ACLU of Colorado about a man who has spent 17 years in solitary confinement and now suffers from debilitating mental illness.