Dunlap v. Zavaras

Criminal Justice | Death Penalty
Case No. No. 09-CV-01196-CMA-MEH, United States District Court, District of Colorado
ACLU Case No. 2009-16


Colorado is one of the only states that denies its death row prisoners an opportunity for regular outdoor exercise.  In this case, ACLU attorneys represent Nathan Dunlap, who has been on Colorado’s death row since 1996.   Except for a handful of occasions when Mr. Dunlap was briefly transferred to other facilities for medical visits or legal appearances, he has been confined inside, at the state’s highest-security facility, Colorado State Penitentiary.  The complaint, which seeks declaratory and injunctive relief only, alleges that this long-term denial of outdoor exercise poses substantial risks to a prisoner’s physical and psychological health, in violation of the 8th Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishments.


Gail Johnson
Mark Silverstein , ACLU of Colorado Legal Director

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