Mentally ill people are wasting away in Colorado jails and crowding the state’s prisons, paving the way for disasters by making correctional workers de-facto practitioners in what critics say is perhaps the worst possible environment to treat psychiatric issues.


Mentally ill people are wasting away in Colorado jails and crowding the state’s prisons, paving the way for disasters by making correctional workers de-facto practitioners in what critics say is perhaps the worst possible environment to treat psychiatric issues.

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A former mental health director at the El Paso County jail quit in late 2017 after the facility's for-profit health care provider demanded tha…

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State spending on mental health care for prison inmates has nearly quadrupled in the past two decades. Expenditures on the Colorado Department…

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Of the 22,500 inmates booked into the El Paso County jail in 2018, almost 6,300 of them had “mental health alerts,” flagging them as suicide r…

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Crisis in Colorado: Mental Health in Colorado Jails (Video by Katie Klann)

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In the six months that Mikolaj Warszawski spent in solitary confinement at the El Paso County jail last year, his grandmother feared that his …

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