Class Cert Granted in Prison Outdoor Exercise Case

CREEC is happy to announce that Judge Martínez granted class cert in Decoteau v. Raemisch, the case in which we are challenging the lack of outdoor exercise at the Colorado State Penitentiary.   The Court certified the following class under Rule 23(b)(2):

All inmates who are now or will in the future be housed in administrative segregation at the Colorado State Penitentiary and who are now or will in the future be subjected to the policy and practice of refusing to provide such inmates access to outdoor exercise.

We are privileged to work with the University of Denver’s Civil Rights Clinic on this case.   Kudos to students Amelia Messegee, Ryan Burchell, and Rachel Martin, and professors Lindsey Webb and Lauren Fontana for all their great work.

“Outdoor” exercise at CSP:

A cinderblock room with walls that narrow toward the far end from approximately 8 feet wide near the photographer to approximately 3 feet wide at the far end. At the end, there are two long narrow windows extending from about one foot off the floor to about 6 inches from the ceiling. The room is empty except for a flourescent light on the ceiling and a chin-up bar on the right wall.