One year ago, thousands of Coloradans marched in a historic display of resistance. At the ACLU of Colorado we carried that spirit throughout the year, fighting on many fronts for civil liberties. We won’t stop now.
By canceling DACA, Trump has put 800,000 young people at risk of losing their jobs and being deported from the only country they know as home. Passing the bipartisan Dream Act would protect them. We asked four Dreamers why the Dream Act is important to them and their future.
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.
Category Archives: Death Penalty
ACLU Report Highlights Stories of Victims’ Families who Oppose the Death Penalty
DENVER – An ACLU of Colorado report released today highlights 22 stories of families whose loved ones were murdered and why, in the face of such tragedy, they firmly oppose the death penalty. The death penalty is an expensive, ineffective and unjust process that harms victims’ families. Over the course of decades, victims’ families are forced to navigate a complicated legal process and relive the trauma of their loved one’s murder. “There was a trial for the killer’s accomplice that dragged.... | Read More
28. Sister Helen Prejean
https://soundcloud.com/thepurplestatereport/28-sister-helen-prejean The Purple State Report is back and we begin the new year with a series of podcast episodes analyzing Colorado’s death penalty. In this episode, our guest is Sister Helen Prejean, a prominent anti-death penalty activist and author of Dead Man Walking. Public Policy Director, Denise Maes and Public Policy Associate, Helen Griffiths interview. Join ACLU of Colorado on January 14, 2020, for End the Death Penalty Lobby Day. More.... | Read More
Remembering Rev. Tammy Garrett-Williams
It is always sad to lose allies and friends of civil rights and civil liberties, but Colorado experienced a particularly great loss recently with the death of the Rev. Tammy Garrett-Williams. A fierce champion for the rights of people caught in the criminal justice system, her Above Waters Project has been deeply rooted in the lives of people directly impacted by mass incarceration and the criminal legal system. Her activism was widely visible across the community, from the NAACP to the Greater.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Statement on George Brauchler’s Decision to Seek the Death Penalty in the Johnson Case
Statement of ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley: “The ACLU of Colorado is disappointed by Arapahoe County DA George Brauchler’s decision to pursue the death penalty in yet another case, an outlier decision in direct contradiction to movement across Colorado and the rest of the country away from spending limited resources in the pursuit of death. The death penalty is expensive and arbitrary, and every costly trial perpetuates a broken, racially-biased system that can.... | Read More
ACLU Testimony on SB 64 – Bill to Allow Death Sentences from Non-Unanimous Juries
ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley presented the following testimony to the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to SB 64, a bill that would have allowed death sentences to be given by non-unanimous juries. The bill was defeated. Thank you, Madam Chair. My name is Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Executive Director of the ACLU of Colorado, and I testify in opposition to Senate Bill 64. There are only three states that currently allow non-unanimous juries in.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Statement on new Better Priorities Initiative poll on the death penalty in Colorado
“The poll released today by the Better Priorities Initiative confirms what we had suspected to be true; namely that Coloradans have grown uncomfortable with the failed experiment of the death penalty. Given the clear racial and geographical disparities in its application, fair-minded Coloradans are showing they are ready to move forward toward sensible criminal justice policies that actually serve us all. Additionally the poll would suggest that there’s a shift among the public as displayed.... | Read More
Statement of Denise Maes, Policy Director, ACLU of Colorado on Aurora Theater Shooting Sentencing Verdict
August 7, 2015 “Today’s verdict in the Aurora Theater shooting trial means that James Holmes will spend the rest of his life behind bars. It is the appropriate and harsh punishment for his crimes. “The jury recognized that executing someone with severe mental illness is morally and legally indefensible. It is fortunate that Colorado will not be in the terrible position of having to do so. Furthermore, this verdict means the victims and their family members will be spared from years of.... | Read More
Statement on Nebraska Death Penalty Abolition from Better Priorities Initiative
Statement from Better Priorities Initiative on Abolition of the Death Penalty by the State of Nebraska (ACLU of Colorado is a founding member of Better Priorities Initiative, a statewide coalition to end the death penalty in Colorado.) “We applaud the state of Nebraska today for officially abolishing their death penalty. Their citizens and lawmakers have recognized that the death penalty is broken. It does not deter crime or make us safer. It prolongs the healing for victims and their.... | Read More
Statement from ACLU Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley on DA Brauchler’s Decision to End Death Penalty Pursuit in Montour Trial
“The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is encouraged by 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler’s decision to end his lengthy and expensive pursuit of the death penalty in the trial of Edward Montour. “We also recognize the courage of Robert Autobee, who spoke out against the deep flaws in Colorado’s death penalty from a unique and extremely personal perspective. Thankfully, Robert Autobee and his family will now be afforded the closure they have sought for more than.... | Read More
Statement of ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein on the US Supreme Court’s Decision to Keep Files Sealed in Capital Case against Sir Mario Owens
February 24, 2014 “It is baffling that Colorado courts and now the U.S Supreme Court have continued to deny the public access to the transcripts and other records of a death penalty case that was concluded six years ago. “The records of criminal cases, especially where the government seeks an execution, must be open to public review and scrutiny. With questions nationwide and here in Colorado about the deep systematic flaws in administration of the death penalty, these trials should not.... | Read More
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