David Fathi

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Sam Mandez: Film exposes Colorado's overuse of isolation cells

    Shortly after his arrival in the Colorado prison system, a mentally stable teenager named Sam Mandez landed in solitary confinement for a series of minor rules infractions. He soon began to experience auditory hallucinations and other signs of mental illness, and his erratic behavior made it imposs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    El Paso County Jail's postcard-only policy is returned to sender

    ​Prisoners in El Paso County got an early Christmas present yesterday, when county officials agreed to stop limiting outgoing inmate mail to just postcards. The ACLU had filed suit against that policy, which the El Paso County Jail adopted this summer, arguing that such restrictions for prison ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    ACLU suing Boulder over postcards-only policy for inmates

    Gino Rael.​In January, registered sex offender Gino Rael was accused of trying to recruit young girls in letters sent from Boulder County jail. Division Chief Larry Hank told Westword he thought such a situation could be prevented by restricting inmates to sending only postcards. But if this ... More >>

  • News

    August 16, 2007

    The Caged Life

    Is Thomas Silverstein a prisoner of his own deadly past — or the first in a new wave of locked-down lifers?