Our Decoteau case challenging the lack of outdoor exercise for inmates in solitary confinement at the Colorado State Penitentiary was the focus of an article on clinical legal education in The National Jurist. We love working with Civil Rights Clinic students and appreciate the shout-out to CREEC.
(Note: The link leads to an inaccessible copy of the article. A word version is available here).
Here’s a sneak peek from the article:
The recent victory over the Colorado prison system was no overnight success. It was the culmination of years of work by the clinic and the advocacy organization Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center. The students coming in know this can be a long slog, [Clinic Director Laura] Rovner said. They fight the good fight and then hand it off to the next group of students.
However, the work resonates long after they leave. When the recent settlement was announced, Rovner got emails from former students who worked on the case, telling her how rewarding it was to hear the news.
The students also learn a lot about themselves. They may have preconceived notions about prison, about inmates, about whether they deserve sympathy or help.