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.

CLE: Spencer Overton on Voting Rights

On Dec 3, Spencer Overton will be the featured speaker at a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) luncheon. He’s a nationally recognized voting rights expert who worked on democracy issues in the Obama administration, and is the author of the book “Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression”.

Please join us at a great event sponsored by Common Cause and learn more how Colorado made history with the passage of the most progressive voting rights legislation in the country. Spencer Overton will discuss how, at the same time that the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act was passed in Colorado, the U.S. Supreme Court and other states made it more difficult for voters to participate.

Please log on today to buy your tickets. If you cannot attend, please consider purchasing a ticket and asking us to donate it to a student or a well-deserving volunteer that cannot afford to go! RSVP:

Details below:

Tuesday, December 3

Denver Consistory

1370 Grant Street
Denver, Colorado

Register at:

$40 registration
$20 student

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