CLF and ACLU: DSD Reform Expert Loses Community Credibility By Supporting Torture
December 12, 2014 DENVER, CO – Jim Davis, former head of the FBI's Denver office, who was recruited by Mayor Michael Hancock to lead the reform effort for the Denver Sheriff Department has come out in support of the “extreme interrogation techniques” used by the CIA, even though a new Senate Intelligence Committee report has found that “torture doesn't work and shouldn't be employed by our country." Davis was hired after the city agreed to pay $3.25 million to former inmate Jamal Hunter.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Commends New Youth Corrections LGBTQI Policy
December 12, 2014 DENVER - The Colorado Division of Youth Corrections (DYC), in close collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, recently adopted a landmark policy regarding the treatment of LGBTQI youth in the department’s care, including transgender and intersex youth. The new policy will ensure that DYC staff is properly trained to meet the needs of transgender and intersex youth, that appropriate healthcare will be provided to them, that housing and search decisions.... | Read More
Civil Liberties Groups Ask Colorado Supreme Court to Strike Down Unconstitutional School Voucher Program
Douglas County “Scholarships” Divert Public Funds to Religious Schools December 10, 2014 DENVER - Attorneys representing civil liberties and taxpayer organizations, including the ACLU of Colorado, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Taxpayers for Public Education, argued before the Colorado State Supreme Court today that a Douglas County voucher program that provides public education funds to private religious schools is unconstitutional and should be struck down by.... | Read More
Mental Illness and the Death Penalty
This past week the state of Texas was scheduled to execute a severely mentally ill man. Scott Panetti has suffered from schizophrenia and other mental illness most of his life. In 1992 he went off his medication, dressed in full camouflage and murdered his mother and father-in-law in front of his wife and daughter. When he went to trial he was allowed to represent himself during both the guilt and penalty phases of the proceedings. He dressed in a cowboy costume at court and attempted to.... | Read More
HuffPo Blog: Fix the Police! Accountability Needed in Law Enforcement
(This blog post was featured on HuffingtonPost.com December 4) Following the non-indictment of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for strangling Eric Garner to death with an illegal choke hold in Staten Island, it is clearer than ever that something is badly broken in our system of justice. Once again, a black man has been killed by a white police officer with impunity, and once again there is no accountability for excessive use of force by those who ought to be protecting our communities, not killing.... | Read More
Why do I support the ACLU of Colorado?
I support and volunteer with the ACLU of Colorado because there is no better way to ensure social justice than by working within the ACLU to protect, defend, and extend the civil rights and civil liberties of all people. The ACLU does its work through litigation, education, and legislation, never forgetting the Constitution and Bill of Rights are not just words, but values to live by. I share in the vow to defend these values. How could you not be drawn to an organization that works with.... | Read More
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Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley spoke at the marriage equality rally on March 3rd
Leisel Kemp, whose brother Jason was killed by CSP after they entered his home without a warrant, spoke at the 2013 Bill of Rights Dinner about the ACLU’s legal advocacy on behalf of her family.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind is an original short film from the ACLU of Colorado about a man who has spent 17 years in solitary confinement and now suffers from debilitating mental illness.