Colorado Rights Blog


  • 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 Co-Sponsors “Let’s Talk About Marijuana”

Come hear from the former head of the Baltimore PD Narcotics Division and current ED of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Neill Franklin, discuss how ending marijuana prohibition is a positive step towards police accountability and a necessary exit strategy from our failed and racially-biased war on drugs.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Cleo Parker Robinson Studio, 119 Park Avenue West, Denver, Colorado 80205

Hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance
Co-sponsored by the ACLU of Colorado, NAACP Colorado State/State Area Conference, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, and the Colorado Progressive Coalition

Other speakers will include:

Art Way, Colorado Manager, Drug Policy Alliance
Brian Vicente, Director, Sensible Colorado
Hans Meyer, Attorney and Immigrant Rights Activist
Dr. Erika Joye, PhD, NCSP, Child and School Psychologist

Free food, books and childcare provided

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation about the growing momentum to end marijuana prohibition in Colorado and how this will positively impact our communities.

Some of the questions that will be addressed include:
— How has marijuana prohibition detrimentally impacted communities of color?
— What are the costs of marijuana prohibition?
— How would taxation and legal regulation of marijuana save money and free up our limited criminal justice resources?
— What are the medical applications of marijuana?
— How would ending marijuana prohibition benefit
public health?

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