State lawmakers seek to restrict solitary confinement in Colorado’s largest jails for mentally ill inmates

Bill would also restrict the practice for those who are pregnant, under 18, or who have an intellectual or developmental disability By Moe Clark Meghan Baker, a staff attorney for the advocacy organization Disability Law Colorado, asked state lawmakers during a bill hearing on Tuesday to imagine what it would be like to spend 23 hours a day alone in a jail cell. “You can’t see a TV or a clock, …

Rep. Amabile: Solitary confinement is tantamount to torture. Our bill would restrict it in Colorado’s jails.

Prolonged isolation behind bars is cruel, inhumane, degrading treatment and harmful to health. Rep. Judy Amabile2:56 AM MDT on Apr 4, 2021 This past year has been one of loneliness and isolation for many. We have been denied the company of family and friends. The things that bring us joy and help us mark the time have been taken away. Social distancing and quarantine have taken a toll on our …

Opinion: Judy Amabile: Glimpses of society’s failures at COVID Recovery Center

By DAILY CAMERA GUEST OPINION | openforum@dailycamera.com | Boulder Daily Camera May 1, 2020 at 1:26 p.m. During the stay-at-home order, I have been volunteering at the COVID Recovery Center at the East Boulder Recreation Center. Citizens experiencing homelessness with symptoms of the virus can go to the center to recover and isolate. Boulder moved quickly to establish this resource and has seen relatively fewer cases among the unhoused. The CRC is staffed with …

Logic in the Time of Coronavirus

These are strange days. Along with feeling concern about the immediate crisis, I’m thinking of what Coronavirus has revealed about our health and economic systems. We need to strengthen both. Today, The Boulder Daily Camera published my opinion piece on the subject. I’d love your feedback. A Colorado Plan for Economic Action I’ve just published my Economic Plan for Colorado. Working people are hurting in our state. Policy choices around …

Opinion: Judy Amabile: Crisis reveals problems in health care and economic systems

By DAILY CAMERA GUEST OPINION | openforum@dailycamera.com | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: March 17, 2020 at 5:10 p.m. | UPDATED: March 19, 2020 at 10:03 a.m. The new coronavirus got our undivided attention last week and shifted American life in startling ways. Now is a critical moment. Our willingness to practice strict socially distancing — or not — will determine the trajectory of infections and deaths in our community in the days and weeks to come. When the …

Love Wins

Amabile isn’t an easy name to remember or pronounce (uh-MAA-bee-lay), but it does have a nice connotation. It’s an Italian word with a range of translations; from simpatico, to amiable and even lovable. t was a good surname for my father – in some ways. My dad was both a lover and a fighter (details here would be entirely TMI.) Suffice it to say he was a good man and a skilled …

The legacy we leave

Thirty-three years ago my mother died in a ski accident. Our family was together for the Martin Luther King weekend. Her death had a profound effect on all of our lives. We thought she was gone forever. But then each of us began to knit our grief into an Ann Amabile suit. We adorned our suits with different parts of her – her mannerisms, her phrases, her words. And we fastened …

Underway in 2020 with strong momentum

Friends, Like you, I am upset by the unilateral warmongering actions of the impeached president. The American people do not want war with Iran. I urge you to contact US legislators from Colorado and share your concerns. New Endorsements I’m honored to have endorsements by Colorado Senator Jeanne Nicholson and United States Congressman David Skaggs. Jeanne represented the 16th District from 2011 to 2015. David represented the 2nd District from 1987 to …

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I know you’re busy. I also know you care about making a progressive difference for Colorado. I do too. It’s why I’m working to represent you in House District 13. I’m running to address the climate emergency with urgent action. To make Colorado’s economy work for everyone. To transform our broken mental health care system and address the root causes of homelessness. And many more pressing issues. With smart ideas …