Court records and testimony prompted by a wave of inmate homicides at the Sterling Correctional Facility claim that SCF officers have repeatedly placed at-risk prisoners, particularly sex offenders, in life-threatening situations -- and that some staff have even celled deadly enemies together to "te ... More >>
The year began with Manuel Rodriguez being strapped into a restraint chair. It ended with Rodriguez back in the chair. At Colorado's state supermax prison, inmates get into confrontations with guards -- over food, hygiene, privileges, a refusal to "cuff up" or whatever -- out of boredom, mental il ... More >>
Troy Anderson, a mentally ill inmate at Colorado's supermax prison, won a landmark decision last summer when a federal judge ruled he's entitled to at least three hours a week of fresh air and outdoor exercise. Now, Anderson's attorneys claim Department of Corrections officials have failed to comply ... More >>
Charles Farrar. "My options are narrowing," says Charles Farrar, phoning from the Sterling Correctional Facility. And so they are. Farrar has just learned that his handwritten appeal of his 145-year sentence for child sexual abuse -- a series of crimes that his accuser now insists never hap ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Beyond Belief," examines the devastating, long-term impact of a false report of sexual abuse made by a fifteen-year-old Aurora girl -- allegations against her mother and stepfather that were aggressively prosecuted despite the lack of any supporting evidence and plen ... More >>
Video below.Charles Farrar is serving a 145-year prison sentence at the Sterling Correctional Facility after being found guilty on 22 counts of sexual abuse against his teenaged step-daughter, Sacha Bruce. Except he didn't do any of it.
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 >>