Cruel & Unusual? Colorado Rethinks Solitary Confinement

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Former Wisconsin Corrections Secretary Rick Raemisch stands outside the Colorado State Penitentiary in Cañon City where he famously spent 20 hours in solitary confinement, formerly known as administrative segregation, in 2014. Raemisch now heads the the Colorado Department of Corrections. Says Raemisch: “I’ll tell you right now, segregation doesn’t work — at all.” Photo taken Jan. 29, 2016.

Rick Raemisch sits on the concrete bed in a cell, one of 948 empty rooms in the shuttered Centennial South Correctional Facility in Cañon City, Colo. He is recalling the day — actually just 20 hours — that he spent in solitary confinement at the state prison next door.

As he looks around the white-walled room, Raemisch declares it fairly similar to the 7-foot by 13-foot cell where in 2014, as head of Colorado’s corrections system, he . . .

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