Colorado Rights Blog


  • 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.

Criminalization of Homelessness

Colorado communities are passing new laws and enforcing old ones that essentially make it a crime to be homeless.

From restrictions on sitting and lying down in public to laws that dictate when and where someone can peacefully ask for charity to geographic restrictions that banish individuals from certain areas, police use these ordinances as tools to target, harass, and ultimately displace people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty.

These laws cost significant taxpayer dollars to enforce and waste resources on aggressive policing and often jailing of non-violent individuals only because of their social or economic status.

The ACLU of Colorado is committed to protecting personal liberty and human dignity for all Coloradans, including those who are homeless or living in extreme poverty.

Tell Colorado lawmakers to stop passing and enforcing laws that disproportionately target people who are homeless or living in poverty.

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