Ten-Year Fight to Stop Mentally Ill From Being Warehoused in Colorado Jails

By MICHAEL ROBERTS | SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
Published in westword.com

According to attorney Iris Eytan, Colorado has been warehousing the mentally ill in jails for months at a time without bothering to evaluate their condition or ordering any treatment that might help them. Even worse, she says, the situation has dragged on for years.
“It’s been a decade — a decade exactly,” notes Eytan, whose firm, Eytan Nielsen LLC, represents Disability Law Colorado (DLC) in a recently filed lawsuit. “We’ve been fighting this since 2008.”

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