Colorado prison chief Rich Raemisch to testify before subcommittee of Senate Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Colorado's prison chief plans to testify before Congress Tuesday.

Rick Raemisch been invited to a hearing on "Reassessing Solitary Confinement II: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences."

Raemisch recently spent 20 hours in solitary confinement. He said he suffered mental anguish in that short time.

"Twenty hours is nothing," he said during an interview with 7NEWS' Tyler Lopez. "But to me, I was ready to leave and felt that I wasn't ready to ever go back and do that again."

Raemisch said that while inmates in solitary confinement have committed serious crimes, he doesn't believe that justifies the use of solitary confinement.

"We've come to the realization you just can't treat people like that," he said during an interview with 7NEWS' Tyler Lopez. "This is a national issue, not just a Colorado issue."

Raemisch wrote about the experience in a letter sent to the New York Times and published last Thursday.

-- Senate committee hearing

The hearing Tuesday is being held by a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Other guests include Charles E. Samuels, Jr., director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Marc Levin from the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.


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