President Barack Obama recently commuted the sentences of eight federal prisoners serving absurdly long sentences for crack cocaine convictions, noting that such harsh punishments couldn't be imposed under current sentencing schemes. But Colorado's recent governors have been reluctant to exercise th ... More >>
Contrary to scenes in numerous books and movies, getting locked up doesn't always lead to painful bouts of reflection and self-examination. Criminals are a stubborn bunch, and it's easy behind bars to embrace a convict code and a victim mentality that merely reinforces addictive, self-destructive an ... More >>
Here at the Criminal Affairs Desk, we've tried to aid the rehabilitation process by offering newly convicted felons some insiders' advice for that difficult transition to life behind bars. We've provided former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio with tips on maintaining personal hygiene and avoiding snitches and ... More >>
It was almost three years ago that I first got interested in the case of Tara Perry, subject of this week's feature, "The Girl Who Fell to Earth." Perry was among several inmates considered strong candidates for clemency -- all of whom were serving disproportionately long sentences and appeared to ... More >>
Governor Bill RitterIn their last days in office, some governors have been known to make bold moves in the criminal justice arena, denouncing ruinous policies and commuting long sentences as a way of highlighting unfair biases in the system. As demonstrated by the modest set of pardons he d ... More >>
Krystal VossEven under the best of circumstances, prison is an exercise in humiliation. But life just got a little less nasty for female inmates at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility, who no longer have to spread open their genitalia for invasive cavity searches after a family visit. P ... More >>
Krystal Voss.As any viewer of MSNBC's Lockup knows, prison is about punishment, plain and simple, not rehabilitation or even "correction." But does that mean it has to be dehumanizing, too? Put aside the sadistic guards and power-mad wardens of pulp fiction who enjoy making their charges gro ... More >>
The Colorado Court of Appeals upholds a sentence based on questionable evidence.
Shaken to the Core
In the murder trial of Krystal Voss, doubt was everywhere and nothing was reasonable.
From the week of January 15, 2004
A Shaking Story
From the week of August 21, 2003
From the week of August 8, 2003
Critical issues overlooked by prosecutors.
The police say Krystal Voss shook her son hard enough to kill him. The evidence says something else.