Philip Van CiseThis week's cover story, "A Dam Shame," looks into the controversy generated by a state dam inspector named John Redding, who raised concerns about ethical violations inside the Colorado Department of Natural Resources--and ended up paying a high price for his concern. People w ... More >>
Fidel Ramos.Fidel Ramos was a criminal and a drug addict. He was also a smart and fearless man who had a central role in forcing the State of Colorado to transform its prisons from hellholes into something more humane. Ramos, who died of a brain hemorrhage at Sterling Correctional Facility la ... More >>
From the week of January 2, 2003
Medical neglect, chronic disease, a hepatitis epidemic. Some Colorado prisoners pay for their crimes with their lives.
Prison life didn't suit prominent inmate activist Fidel Ramos, but parole was even worse.
The state pours millions of dollars--and controversial social theory--into a prison for mentally ill felons.