Last August, Judge Brooke Jackson ruled in our favor on an 8th Amendment claim against the Colorado Department of Corrections based on the fact that our client, Troy Anderson, had not been permitted outdoor exercise in over ten years. In response, rather than providing outdoor exercise, CDOC moved Mr. Anderson to a different facility, where he still exercises in a concrete box, but now has drastically reduced mental health treatment. Last Tuesday, we filed our objections to this attempted solution. Today, Alan Prendergast at Westword has an article up about the recent developments in Mr. Anderson’s case:
In court papers recently filed in the case, Anderson’s legal team — which includes student lawyers at the University of Denver — contend that the situation at Sterling has deteriorated to the point where Anderson declined to leave his cell or accept food trays for nearly two months, living on canteen items, because he feared he might assault staff. He asserts that a counselor who saw him after several weeks of such isolation told him that him that Sterling’s mental health staff was there to provide “triage and not treatment.”
CDOC’s response is due next Tuesday.
We at FoxRob World Headquarters would like to give a major shout out to Tracy Ostlie and Stu Rubinstein, University of Denver 2Ls, who did a terrific job on the case this year. And of course we always love working with their professors, Laura Rovner and Brittany Glidden at DU’s Civil Rights Clinic.