Tom Clements, who was shot and killed at his home this week, was a rare prison chief. He was committed to reforms for mentally ill prisoners and those in solitary confinement. Last month Colorado Public News conducted a wide-ranging interview of the director of the Colorado Department of Corrections of two years. It’s one of his last media interviews
Nearly every day in Colorado, someone having a mental health crisis tries to seek help at a hospital emergency room. There’s only one problem: ER doctors are able to diagnose and treat a broken foot, but they generally don’t have the training to fix a broken mind
Colorado’s governor and legislature quietly agreed last year to pay millions to a private prison company for cells the state would not need. Rep. Cheri Gerou, who headed the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee at the time, said the deal was negotiated in the governor’s office.
Colorado health facilities reported to the state health department 1,083 cases of missing drugs in the past five years. An anesthesiologist tells how easy it was for an in-house criminal to steal drugs, and leave the patients with fake painkillers.
Three years ago, Sara Chapman left a career in mechanical engineering to follow her heart. Nursing was not only her passion, it seemed like a smart move: There was a nursing shortage. Turns out, most employers also want experience — putting Chapman and other new grads in a bind