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  • 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.

    Read more about Anthony Martinez and other at-risk incarcerated people. 

  • 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.

    Read more about Ronald Johnson and other at-risk incarcerated people.

  • 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.

ACLU Calls on Candidates for Mayor to Speak on Police Brutality

The people of Denver will elect a Mayor in just a few short days and the sad fact is that neither candidate has made any attempt to communicate their views on one of the most important issues concerning Denver residents – police brutality.

This is a sorry state of affairs. The candidates are afraid of the issue while we, in the community, are just plain afraid of the police.

Who wants to live in that kind of city?

So we are calling on the candidates for Mayor to do two things. We call on them to announce that, if elected, police reform will be priority #1. We call on them to demonstrate that commitment by agreeing to meet with members of our broad coalition in the first days of their administration. And we need to hear this from their own mouths before the final votes are counted Tuesday … and before the Department of Justice begins its investigation.

For the victor, reforming law enforcement must be the mandate.

Meeting with us will be the first step.



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