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Dec 9, 2013 10:35 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Lawyer: Supermax inmates moved amid lawsuit

DENVER (AP) - An attorney alleging mistreatment of mentally ill inmates at the Supermax prison in Florence, Colo., says federal authorities are moving mentally ill inmates in the wake of his lawsuit.

Attorney Edwin Aro tells The Denver Post that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons staff has moved some inmates to a prison in Atlanta.

A spokesman for the Bureau tells AP that a mental health unit in Atlanta was recently activated, but he didn't know specifics about prisoners who have been placed there. The Florence prison is dubbed "Alcatraz of the Rockies" and houses Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and many terrorists.

Aro says that as many as half of the 425 inmates at Supermax are severely mentally ill. Aro is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit filed by seven mentally ill prisoners.

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