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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJuly 10, 20185min791

Contrary to a recent op-ed authored by state state Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, the failure of a bill last session to allow excessive time frames to detain people with mental illness in jails was welcomed by numerous groups who have fought for years on behalf of this vulnerable population. This is because the bill was in violation of the Due Process clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and would have established Colorado as first in the nation to codify, in perpetuity, the ill-advised policy of “jail-based restoration”.