Colorado Rights Blog

April 6th, 2016

Fact Sheet: HB 1328 – A Bill to Protect Colorado’s Children from Solitary Confinement

Denise Maes By: Denise Maes Since 1999, Colorado law has prohibited the seclusion of children as punishment. Children may only be secluded during an ongoing emergency, when a child is in immediate danger of harming self or others. In June 2014, the Colorado Department of Youth Corrections (DYC) was found to have repeatedly violated the law. An investigation by the ACLU, CJDC and Colorado Disability Law revealed DYC had illegally placed children in isolation for days, weeks, even more than a month as punishment when there.... | Read More

April 6th, 2016

Fact sheet: HB 1311 – A Bill to End Debtors’ Prisons in Colorado

Denise Maes By: Denise Maes Municipal Courts Use Legal "Loopholes" to Keep Debtors' Prisons Alive and Well Municipal courts create debtors' prisons by using jail or the threat of jail to collect debts from the poor. In 2014, the legislature passed HB-1061 with near-unanimous bipartisan support, acting to end debtors' prisons in Colorado and ensure that no one ever be incarcerated for failure to pay court debts they are too poor to pay. Municipal courts skirt the law by issuing arrest warrants for defendants who fail.... | Read More

March 11th, 2016

Move Along to Where? Sweeps Illustrate Inhumane Treatment of Homeless and Vulnerable in Colorado

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley Denver's recent "sweeps" of people experiencing homelessness are a sad reminder of how inhumanely many Colorado cities treat those among us who already face challenging circumstances. The criminalization of homelessness never rests, and people who are homeless almost never get any peaceful rest as a result. Unhoused persons in Denver and other communities in Colorado are routinely arrested for minor offenses, or told by police to "move along," even in the middle of the night, often multiple times..... | Read More

January 8th, 2016

Michael Marshall’s Death at the Denver Jail Ruled a Homicide. Why Was He There in the First Place?

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley (Also posted on the Huffington Post at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-woodliffstanley-/michael-marshalls-death-a_b_8940498.html) Michael Marshall died last November at the Denver jail from injuries he received under the custody of Denver Sheriff deputies. Earlier today, his death was ruled a homicide by the City coroner's office. In addition to serious questions about use of force and why another unarmed person of color has died at the hands of Denver law enforcement, his case illustrates.... | Read More

December 4th, 2015

ACLU Mourns the Loss of Bruce Sattler

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley   Join us for a Celebration of Bruce’s Life on Saturday, February 6th, at 2 p.m. at the Parkhill United Church of Christ, 2600 Leyden St. The staff, board, and entire ACLU of Colorado community mourns the loss of Bruce Sattler, whose nearly 45 years of leadership, dedication, and service to our organization made an impact that is beyond description. With his brilliant legal mind and sharp wit, Bruce provided wisdom, stability, and often levity through times of strength and times of uncertainty,.... | Read More

November 12th, 2015

ACLU of Colorado Welcomes New Staff

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley By: Nathan Woodliff-Stanley The ACLU of Colorado is excited to announce the hiring of Alejandra Garza de Gutierrez and Rebecca Curry, the latest staff members to join our fight for civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Alejandra Garza de Gutierrez is our new Field Coordinator. Her main focus is developing and implementing strategic advocacy, education and mobilization campaigns while working with diverse organizations and individuals to further the ACLU mission. Before joining the ACLU of Colorado, Alejandra.... | Read More

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  • James Fisher spoke at the ACLU of Colorado Bill of Rights Dinner about how he and the ACLU are working together to stop the criminalization of poverty for the thousands of Coloradans who are trapped in debtors’ prisons.

  • Our membership has quadrupled in the last six months, making it possible to do more than ever to protect civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Thank you to all our new members, supporters, and donors, and the ones who’ve been with us for years.

  • 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.