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.
Category Archives: Women’s Rights
ACLU of Colorado Launches 2020 Voter Guide Focused on Civil Liberties at Stake
DENVER – With less than 30 days until the most consequential election in American history, ACLU of Colorado launched its 2020 Voter Guide today to help people better understand the candidates’ positions on critical civil liberties issues and what ballot initiatives to look out for including: Amendment 76 regarding citizenship qualification of electors, Proposition 113 for the national popular vote, Proposition 115 concerning the ban on abortion later in pregnancy and Proposition 118 for paid.... | Read More
Federal Judge Orders Weld County Jail to Protect Medically Vulnerable People From COVID-19
May 11, 2020 DENVER – Today, a federal judge issued a 39-page ruling holding that the U.S. Constitution requires that Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams provide special protections to medically vulnerable people incarcerated in the Weld County Jail. Judge Phillip A. Brimmer’s order was issued after a full-day evidentiary hearing on April 30 in a class action lawsuit filed by a team of ACLU and civil right attorneys seeking an order to compel Sheriff Reams to comply with public health guidelines.... | Read More
Governor Called on to Stop COVID-19 From Becoming a Death Sentence for People in Prisons
May 8, 2020 DENVER – As COVID-19 outbreaks continue to climb in Colorado prisons, several organizations called on Governor Polis today to assert his executive authority and clemency powers to protect the most vulnerable people in prisons before it’s too late. In a letter sent to the Governor , the organizations cited new data proving that his actions to date are insufficient to protect the lives of elderly and medically compromised people in prisons, correctional staff and the community at.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado’s New Year’s Resolutions
2020 is here, and this will be a very important year for the ACLU, Colorado and our nation. Here are seven ACLU of Colorado resolutions for the New Year to help guide our work and yours: Bring Our Neighbors Home. The majority of people in Colorado jails are not there because they have been convicted of a crime. The majority are legally innocent and only incarcerated because they can’t afford to pay a monetary bond. As the Colorado legislative session begins this week, the ACLU of Colorado.... | Read More
Victories Under The Dome
We had an ambitious legislative agenda entering into the 2019 session and are happy to announce a series of successes. First, we championed legislation that will fund for the first time in our state's history, comprehensive sex education for schools seeking to adopt such a curriculum. We were able to champion legislation that will bring some relief to our immigrant friends and neighbors and advanced legislation that will reform aspects of our cruel bail system. You made this happen and we thank you.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado and Participant Media Team Up for “On the Basis of Sex” Screening and Panel Discussion
January 8, 2019 DENVER —ACLU of Colorado and Participant Media are proud to host a special engagement screening of "On The Basis of Sex" followed by a panel discussion with state representatives and leaders from the gender equality movement. The screening and discussion will take place on Thursday, January 10 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas – Sloan’s Lake. Check-in and concessions will begin at 5 p.m. ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director Denise Maes will give the opening remarks at.... | Read More
Episode 13: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump
https://soundcloud.com/thepurplestatereport/reproductive-justice Subscribe to our podcast. This week marked the second annual Women’s March and the 45th anniversary of Roe V. Wade. The ACLU of Colorado invited four women to discuss the state of reproductive rights and reproductive justice in the age of Trump. Also, ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director Denise Maes discusses three bills in the Colorado legislature that threaten reproductive healthcare. Call to Action: Take 60 seconds and.... | Read More
Frontier Airlines Flight Attendants File Discrimination Charges with EEOC
Airline Prohibits Breast Pumping on Duty, Despite 10-Hour Shifts DENVER — The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Colorado, and the law firm Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP today filed discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of two female Frontier Airlines flight attendants who claim that the company has discriminated against them and other female flight attendants by failing to provide accommodations related to pregnancy and breastfeeding. The.... | Read More
ACLU Statement on Planned Parenthood Shooting in Colorado Springs
11/30/15 "ACLU of Colorado stands with Planned Parenthood and the people of Colorado Springs. Our hearts go out to everyone involved and to their loved ones. We are grateful to the law enforcement and Planned Parenthood personnel who prevented this terrible tragedy from becoming even worse. And we are in continued awe of the dedication of clinic staff throughout the country who came to work today, like everyday, to make sure that women can get the care they need." | Read More
ACLU Announces Settlement on Behalf of Grand Junction Mother Fired for Breastfeeding at Work
May 28, 2015 DENVER – The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and the ACLU Women’s Rights Project announced a settlement today with Big League Haircuts on behalf of Ashley Provino, a nursing mother in Grand Junction who was fired from her job in 2013 for asserting her right to pump breast milk at work. According to the settlement, Big League Haircuts will make significant policy changes to ensure that nursing employees are informed of their legal rights and have the time and space.... | Read More
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