John Ferrugia

Colorado Faces Millions More in Fines As Jail Mental Health Evaluations Stall Amid Pandemic
State of Colorado officials were optimistic they would be paying millions less in fines this year for violating the civil rights of inmates who are awaiting mental health evaluations. Then, COVID-19 changed everything.
May 29, 2020
COVID-19 Is Delaying Reforms To Colorado’s Mental Health System
An investigation by Rocky Mountain PBS found that untreated mental illness was overwhelming Colorado’s criminal justice system. While the investigation ended with promises of reform from government leaders, the COVID-19 outbreak and the associated economic fallout have led to these problems getting worse.
May 28, 2020
Denver Schools Screened Fewer Students For Suicide Risk In The Time Of COVID-19
Schools in the Denver, Colorado area have been screening a lot fewer students for suicide risk with school buildings closed due to COVID-19.
May 21, 2020
WATCH: Colorado Faith Leaders Reflect on Ministering to the Dying in a Pandemic
Four faith leaders shared their experiences ministering to the sick and the dying in the time of coronavirus. They described experiences that were painful but also strengthened their faith.
May 5, 2020
WATCH: Denver's Top Prosecutor Warns of Scams Circulating During COVID-19 Pandemic
Denver’s top prosecutor said her office is hearing complaints about fraudulent offers to help people get their federal economic impact checks faster.
April 28, 2020
Internet Child Exploitation Tips Skyrocket During Coronavirus Shutdown
With Colorado’s schools shut down and sports cancelled, many children and teenagers are spending a lot more time online during coronavirus stay-at-home orders. That’s a big concern for one of Colorado’s top internet child exploitation investigators.
April 21, 2020
As Gun Sales Spike in Colorado Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak, Experts Worry about Suicide Risk
An emergency room physician and a gun shop owner, who advocate together for suicide prevention, say they are concerned a recent increase in gun sales in Colorado could leave more people at risk for suicide.
April 17, 2020
Advocates Fear A Surge of Domestic Violence Is Happening In Colorado
Advocates who help survivors of domestic violence are preparing for an onslaught of need they cannot yet see, with many Coloradans stuck in abusive homes due to the coronavirus response.
April 2, 2020