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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 Governor To Take Stand Against Locking Mentally Ill In Solitary

ACLU supporters across Colorado are calling on Governor John Hickenlooper to take a public stand against locking mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement. Want to join with them?

Click here to TAKE ACTION by making a call or sending an email of your own.

We’ve been working hard at the Capitol on legislation to end Colorado’s use of solitary confinement for mentally ill prisoners. Now the Department of Corrections (DOC) wants to put off addressing this crisis by calling for yet another study.

We don’t need another study, we need action and accountability. It’s time to be smart on crime. The DOC cannot continue to warehouse the mentally ill in solitary confinement, and they have to stop releasing nearly half of that group directly from solitary into our communities. Ask Governor Hickenlooper to live up to his campaign promise not to “approach public safety with a business-as-usual mindset.”



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