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LGBT Equality, Marriage Equality | April 16th, 2014

Colorado Clergy and Faith Leaders from across the State Announce Their Support for the Freedom to Marry

On eve of oral arguments for Oklahoma’s marriage case before the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, coalition of 215 faith leaders say they support marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples DENVER – Why Marriage Matters Colorado, the broad coalition working to remove discrimination from Colorado’s constitution and secure the freedom to marry for all committed couples, today announced that a coalition of 215 clergy and faith leaders in Colorado support marriage equality. The.... | Read More

Criminal Justice, Stop Solitary | April 14th, 2014

Senate passes ban on long-term solitary confinement of inmates with serious mental illness

Statement of ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director Denise Maes "Today's unanimous passage of Senate Bill 64 is further evidence of a growing consensus among lawmakers, prison officials, and civil liberties advocates in Colorado that warehousing prisoners with mental illness in long-term solitary confinement is a cruel, costly, and unlawful practice that unnecessarily jeopardizes public safety. "The legislation, championed by Senator Jesse Ulibarri, solidifies and provides critical funding to.... | Read More

Prepared Remarks of ACLU Deputy Director Stephen Meswarb on SB 14-175, the Reproductive Health Freedom Act

Bill was heard by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on April 10, 2014 and was passed out of committee 4-3 Thank you Madam Chair and members of the committee.  My name is Stephen Meswarb.  I am the Deputy Director of the ACLU of Colorado, and I am here to speak on behalf of the ACLU in support of Senate Bill 175. The ACLU has consistently advocated for policies that support women’s decision making, advance women’s health and well-being, and ensure strong, healthy families..... | Read More

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Senate Judiciary to hear debtors’ prison bill today

The Senate Judiciary committee will be hearing testimony on HB14-1061 this afternoon. The bill would force Colorado municipalities to comply with existing Constitutional and Colorado laws requiring courts to determine whether a person is too poor to pay their court fines and fees before throwing them in jail for failing to pay. The bill, sponsored by Thornton Rep. Joe Salazar, is the result of a two-year statewide ACLU investigation into the use of these practices by municipal courts. UPDATE:.... | Read More

Watch Stephen Colbert skewer the mad scramble for “silent but deadly” executions

  The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive   The struggle to find drugs to carry out lethal injection has made headlines all over the country and was recently featured on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Pharmaceutical companies who make these drugs have started to ban their sale for executions, and states are scrambling to find alternatives, with many dangerous consequences. An Oklahoma execution.... | Read More

Criminal Justice | March 26th, 2014

Only in America: 16-Year-Old Locked Up for the Rest of His Life

(From the ACLU Blog of Rights) By Steven M. Watt, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program & Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU  Juwan Wickware wasn't the shooter. But he and more than 2,500 others nationwide will enter prison as teenagers, grow into adults, and die – all behind bars. This is not right. The sentence must fit the crime, and we cannot throw away kids' lives. Here's Juwan's story: When he was 16, he and another young kid robbed a pizza deliveryman..... | 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.

  • A small sampling of the many Coloradans who are grateful to our legislators for making civil unions happen last year.

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The ACLU of Colorado is committed to ending the use of the death penalty in Colorado. Colorado's use of the death penalty is immoral, unjust, and expensive. The death....

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The ACLU of Colorado is committed to bringing full marriage equality to Colorado. In 2013, Colorado took a big step forward by recognizing civil unions for same-sex....

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The ACLU of Colorado is committed to ending the illegal practice of jailing Coloradans for being too poor to pay fines. Debtors' prisons have long been forbidden under....

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The ACLU of Colorado is committed to ending the use of long-term solitary confinement, especially for people with serious mental illness. Every day, hundreds of prisoners....

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