Colorado Legislation

On April 21, 2016, Colorado’s House Judiciary Committee passed legislation that would limit the use of solitary confinement in state-run juvenile facilities. House Bill 1328 would limit the use of solitary to four hours except in emergency situations where a licensed physician in consultation with a mental health professional approves the continued use of solitary confinement. A court order would be required to keep a youth in solitary confinement for eight hours. The bill would require Colorado Division of Youth Corrections to document the use of solitary confinement and report it to a board created by the law to oversee the practices and make recommendations to the directors. Click here to read more.