Mar 13, 2011 3:55 PM by AP

Colorado bill seeks to limit solitary confinement

DENVER (AP) - Two Colorado Democratic lawmakers want to limit the number of mentally ill inmates who are placed in solitary confinement.

State Sen. Morgan Carroll and Rep. Claire Levy say their bill is needed to lower the recidivism rate for inmates with mental health problems who are placed in solitary confinement.

The Senate bill would require state prisons to have a physician evaluate inmates with mental illnesses before they're placed in solitary confinement. The bill gets its first hearing Monday.

But the Department of Corrections opposes the bill. It says solitary confinement is used appropriately to protect the prison population.

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