Why America still fails to reform its horrible prisons http://t.co/X2m99t8rZk
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.
Statement from ACLU Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley on DA Brauchler’s Decision to End Death Penalty Pursuit in Montour Trial
“The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is encouraged by 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler’s decision to end his lengthy and expensive pursuit of the death penalty in the trial of Edward Montour. “We also recognize the courage of Robert Autobee, who spoke out against the deep flaws in Colorado’s death penalty from a unique and extremely personal perspective. Thankfully, Robert Autobee and his family will now be afforded the closure they have sought for more than.... | Read More
Public Education Campaign Launches to Win Marriage Equality in Colorado
With multiple pathways to secure the freedom to marry for committed couples in Colorado, new broad, statewide campaign launches to build support DENVER – Today, in an effort to remove discrimination from Colorado’s constitution and win the freedom to marry, key state and national advocacy groups led a broad coalition of faith, business, civic and political leaders, and everyday Coloradans in launching Why Marriage Matters Colorado at a public rally in Denver on the west steps.... | Read More
Prepared Testimony of ACLU Public Policy Director Denise Maes on HB 1061 – Eliminate Prison for Inability to Pay Fines
Bill to be considered February 25 by the House Judiciary Committee at 1:30 pm MT “Debtors' prison sounds like an archaic term - some long abandoned concept from the pages of a Charles Dickens novel. Unfortunately, their use is alive and well in Colorado and you don't have to travel very far beyond the Capitol to see it. “The U.S. Constitution and the Colorado Constitution prohibit debtors' prisons. The law requires that, before jailing anyone for unpaid fines, courts must determine whether.... | Read More
Statement of ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein on the US Supreme Court’s Decision to Keep Files Sealed in Capital Case against Sir Mario Owens
February 24, 2014 “It is baffling that Colorado courts and now the U.S Supreme Court have continued to deny the public access to the transcripts and other records of a death penalty case that was concluded six years ago. “The records of criminal cases, especially where the government seeks an execution, must be open to public review and scrutiny. With questions nationwide and here in Colorado about the deep systematic flaws in administration of the death penalty, these trials should not.... | Read More
Statements by ACLU & Other Advocates on New Marriage Equality Litigation
Today, a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was filed on behalf of multiple same-sex couples in Colorado. Following the announcement of this litigation, the statements below were released by state LGBT advocacy group One Colorado, ACLU of Colorado, GLBT Community Center of Colorado, Colorado GLBT Bar Association, and the Faithful Voices Coalition. Dave Montez, Executive Director of One Colorado: “Just like thousands of other loving, committed couples across Colorado, the.... | Read More
Statement on proposed measures to target “social misbehavior” in Boulder
“The ACLU of Colorado is paying close attention to the deliberations of the Boulder City Council around what it calls ‘social misbehavior.’ We strongly discourage the Council from adopting any measures that target the vulnerable by redefining otherwise legal behavior as criminal or that attempt to limit access and enjoyment of public spaces to those in the community that the Council deems ‘respectable’ and worthy of the privilege. “Transients, panhandlers and people of all types have.... | Read More