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Mental Illness

April 29, 2019 Pro Bono Spotlight In 2006, Eugene Zuniga was arrested in Colorado for stealing a bike and was declared unable to stand trial because of severe mental illness. But instead of being sent for treatment, he spent five months in a local jail without appropriate...

May 2, 2019 For over a decade, Colorado criminal defense attorney, Iris Eytan, and has led the team of lawyers involved in the “Jail Wait” litigation. Through the Colorado Lawyers Committee these attorneys have fought for the rights of the mentally ill who have been forced...

Written by Tony Flesor April 16, 2019 Long-running litigation over the time-frame for competency evaluations for criminal defendants resolved with a consent decree. After the issue went through multiple rounds of litigation and settlements, the consent decree is expected to resolve the litigation. The result includes changes in...

March 18, 2019 Denver, Colorado A new agreement to end a backlog at the state hospital at Pueblo is being hailed as a sweeping reform to provide service to criminal defendants who are mentally ill. “This is a big deal for Colorado,” state Attorney General Phil Weiser said...

March 15, 2019 Denver, Colorado Colorado must overhaul its evaluation and treatment of mentally incompetent criminal defendants under a watershed agreement announced Friday ending a yearslong legal battle over how to keep them from languishing in county jails. The Colorado Department of Human Services agreed Friday to hire...