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5.9.16

Colorado Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Children from Solitary Confinement

DENVER - Statement of ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director Denise Maes on HB 1328, a bill to protect Colorado children from solitary confinement, which was approved today by the Colorado House of Representatives, after passing the Senate unanimously last week. “The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado commends the Colorado legislature for taking action to protect children from inhumane and dangerous solitary confinement.  HB 1328 puts in place permanent guardrails and oversight measures.... | Read More

5.5.16

Colorado Springs Agrees to $100K Settlement to Compensate Victims of Debtors’ Prison Practices

5/5/2016 DENVER – The City of Colorado Springs has agreed, as part of a $103,000 settlement with the ACLU of Colorado, to stop converting impoverished defendants’ fines into jail time, to stop sentencing defendants to jail for non-jailable offenses, and to compensate dozens of individuals whose court fines were illegally converted to jail time when they could not afford to pay. “Until last fall, the Colorado Springs Municipal Court was regularly sentencing poor and homeless defendants.... | Read More

5.2.16

Bills to Protect the Rights of Poor Defendants in Municipal Court Receive Broad Bipartisan Support, Head to the Governor’s Desk

DENVER – The Colorado legislature passed two pieces of legislation in recent days to protect the rights of poor and vulnerable defendants in Colorado’s municipal courts.  Both bills await Governor Hickenlooper’s signature. Nearly three-fourths of Colorado’s lawmakers supported HB16 – 1309 (fact sheet), a bill to safeguard the right to counsel in municipal court.  In state and county courts, an attorney is available at first appearance to advocate for the release of jailed defendants.... | Read More

4.25.16

Colorado Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case of Bakery That Turned Away Gay Couple

DENVER – The Colorado State Supreme Court today decided to let stand an appellate court ruling that Masterpiece Cakeshop violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination law when it refused to sell a same-sex couple a cake for their wedding reception. “The highest court in Colorado today affirmed that no one should be turned away from a public-facing business because of who they are or who they love,” said Ria Tabacco Mar, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT Project,.... | Read More

3.15.16

ACLU of Colorado Opposes Revived Douglas County School Voucher Program

3/15/16 DENVER – Tonight, the Douglas County School District will consider a second school voucher program that would divert public taxpayer dollars to secular, private schools inside and outside of the district.  Last June, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the district’s original voucher program was unconstitutional because it diverted public money to private, religious schools. “The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado opposes the redirection of taxpayer money to private.... | Read More

3.8.16

Statement of ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley on Downtown Denver Homeless Sweeps

3/8/16 “The ACLU of Colorado is deeply concerned by the City of Denver’s approach to the visible presence of people who are homeless downtown, including today’s sweep and seizure of personal possessions in the areas directly adjacent to the Rescue Mission, St. Francis Center, and Samaritan House. “Since the last sweep of the same area on a frigid, snowy December night last year, the number of people trying to exist and survive without housing in Denver has continued to grow.  Denver.... | Read More