The National Alliance on Mental Illness has honored Colorado prisons chief Rick Raemisch for improvements he spearheaded in the care and treatment of mentally ill inmates within Colorado’s prison system.
NAMI officials gave Raemisch the Sam Cochran Criminal Justice Award, an annual honor given to someone each year who has dealt “fairly and humanely with people living with mental illness.”
“It is an honor for me as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections to accept this award on behalf of our professional and dedicated staff led by Dr. Jill Lampela,” Raemisch said in a news release.
The department has been successful working together and “I am eager to see what we will do moving forward,” he said.
Raemisch spearheaded widespread reforms in the use of solitary confinement in Colorado’s prisons, with particular focus on eliminating its use for inmates with mental illness. Prison employees also have improved the treatment and rehabilitative options for mentally ill inmates, the news release says.