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 Discussion on Solitary Confinement

Saturday, December 5, 2015

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Human Rights Shabbat at B’nai Havurah

Denver Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

6445 E Ohio Ave.

Denver, CO  80224

Join us for a very special Human Rights Shabbat, a Truah initiative, featuring Kathleen Hynes.

Kathleen Hynes, Ph.D is a member of the ACLU of Colorado’s Speaker’s Bureau and gives presentations to schools, colleges and universities, community organizations, professional associations, places of worship and a variety of other groups.

Dr. Hynes will talk about the ACLU’s pursuit of LGBTQ rights via the Masterpiece Cake Shop case. She will also speak about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and unconscionable activities taking place with children right here in our own state of Colorado, including the solitary confinement of children in a residential treatment center in Pueblo, Colorado.

Music services led by Rabbi Evette with Hal Aqua and Carla Sciaky. Following an Oneg Shabbat, Rabbi Evette will lead a text-based discussion on human rights.

Luncheon to follow discussion.

The event is free and open to the public.

For information please call : Becky Epstein at (303) 388-4441 ext. 15

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