Fact Sheet: HB 1328 – A Bill to Protect Colorado’s Children from Solitary Confinement
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
Fact sheet: HB 1311 – A Bill to End Debtors’ Prisons in Colorado
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
Move Along to Where? Sweeps Illustrate Inhumane Treatment of Homeless and Vulnerable in Colorado
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
Michael Marshall’s Death at the Denver Jail Ruled a Homicide. Why Was He There in the First Place?
(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
ACLU Mourns the Loss of Bruce Sattler
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
ACLU of Colorado Welcomes New Staff
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 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 served as Communications.... | Read More
Anthony Martinez is 84-years-old and suffering from renal failure, as well as other serious medical conditions including dementia. He is currently incarcerated in the Sterling Correctional Facility, site of one of Colorado’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks with almost 600 active COVID-19 cases. He and his family are understandably terrified that he will catch the virus and die.
In the midst of this public health crisis, incarcerated people as vulnerable as Anthony, could and should be immediately released to safely live out their remaining years with family.
Ronald Johnson is pre-diabetic, suffers from asthma and high blood pressure, and regularly uses an inhaler to breathe. His age and respiratory ailments put him at risk of serious illness and death if he contracts COVID-19. With over hundreds of active cases in Colorado’s prisons, his family fears he will not make it out alive. His daughter, Amber, says, “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance. My deep fear is that my dad will die in prison. That is an awful, traumatic reality to consider. My chest is tight just thinking about how quickly it spreads and how vulnerable he is.”
Governor Hickenlooper shortened his sentence following testimony from family, friends and correctional officers advocating for his early release. Yet, he is still eight years away from parole. While he remains in prison, COVID-19 continues to spread. Ronald’s three siblings, four children and four grandchildren are desperate for his release.
- Tuesday Olson knew her pregnancy was in trouble and tried to access hospital care as soon as possible. But there was a problem: she was in jail. This is her story.
It’s time to end the death penalty in Colorado. Family members who lost loved ones to murder speak out against an unjust and broken system.