Briefs, Oct. 13, 2017

Worker at CMU
is injured in fall

A masonry worker helping construct the new Colorado Mesa University engineering building fell from some scaffolding Thursday morning and was injured, according to CMU officials.

The man is believed to have fallen from a height of about two stories. He was transported to a local hospital with a leg injury that was non-life-threatening,

The man is a masonry subcontractor working for Shaw Construction, who is the general contractor on the project, located at 1410 N. Seventh St.

Prison confinement
rules are altered


DENVER — Inmates in state prisons can’t be held in solitary confinement for more than 15 days, the Colorado Department of Corrections announced on Thursday in the latest effort to overhaul a practice criticized as “torture” by the agency’s chief.

The changes also require that inmates who are held in solitary confinement at the discretion of prison officials get at least four hours per day outside a cell for recreation or group classes.

Colorado officials in 2011 began efforts to cut the number of people held in solitary confinement. Former state corrections director Tom Clements also tried to make it easier for people once held there to re-enter society and closed a new prison built specifically to house solitary-confinement prisoners.

Further changes followed Clements’ death in 2013 after he was shot by Evan Ebel, a former inmate who had spent much of his eight years’ imprisonment in solitary confinement.


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