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.

Boulder District Attorney Candidate Forum

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) and cosponsors, including Boulder Chapter League of Women Voters, Showing Up for Racial Justice Boulder (BSURJ), ACLU of Colorado, Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center, and Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder’s Racial Justice Ministry welcome you to attend our midterm Boulder District Attorney candidate forum.

What do you know about your DA? Did you know district attorneys are some of the most influential players in the entire criminal justice system? Did you know district attorneys have a significant amount of discretion that can change someone’s life forever? Did you know all 22 Judicial Districts in Colorado have a Head District Attorney that’s an elected official?

What kind of questions do you want answered by your future DA? We invite you to join us for an evening to really get to know the candidates and make sure you are an informed constituent.

June 26 is the election for the next Boulder District Attorney. If you’re mailing your ballot, we recommend that you mail it no later than June 21.

Wednesday, May 30 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, Colorado
5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80303

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