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“It’s the right thing to do”: Colorado corrections chief ends use of long-term solitary confinement.

In September 2017, Rick Raemisch, the head of Colorado’s Department of Corrections, published a New York Times op-ed announcing his decision to end the state’s use of long-term solitary confinement.Raemisch, “Why We Ended Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Colorado” (2017). Notably, Raemisch cited the "Nelson Mandela rules", the United Nations’ widely accepted international standards for the treatment of incarcerated people, which declare that keeping someone in solitary for more than 15 days constitutes torture.Raemisch, “Why We Ended Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Colorado” (2017). In 2014, Raemisch himself spent 20 hours in solitary and wrote about his experience for the Times.Rick Raemisch, “My Night in Solitary,” New York Times, February 20, 2014.