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Dec 17, 2013 8:42 PM by Juice Godfrey

Colorado prisoners file exercise lawsuit

DENVER (AP) - Three inmates are suing Colorado prison authorities over exercise facilities at the Colorado State Penitentiary, which they say is unconstitutionally inadequate.

The Denver Post reports that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday.

The lawsuit says more than 500 inmates in solitary confinement at the prison in Canon City have been denied their Eighth Amendment rights, which prohibit cruel and unusual punishment.

Student lawyers at the University of Denver filed on behalf of prisoners Ryan Decoteau, Anthony Gomez and Dominic Duran.

The lawsuit says inmates must spend 23 hours a day in cells that measure approximately 80 square feet and are only allowed to exercise in a cell that is 90 square feet. Outdoor exercise is prohibited.

A spokesman for the Department of Corrections did not comment on the pending lawsuit.

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