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: Voters’ Rights and Voting Fraud

CBA Civil Rights Committee CLE

Voters’ Rights and Voting Fraud

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2012
Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Place: CBA Offices, 1900 Grant Street, 3rd Floor Large Classroom
A discussion of voter identification requirements: Are these legitimate methods to prevent a real threat of voter fraud or a new obstruction to voting disproportionately affecting the old, students and minorities like unconstitutional poll taxes and literacy requirements of old.
Changes in procedures such as all mail ballots, same day registration and voting centers: How did these work in the 2012 election?
Secretary of State Scott Gessler
Denise Maes of the ACLU of Colorado and
Matt Crane, Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder.


Cost: $15 Attendee (CBA Member, ACLU or ACS member, Colorado Defenders member)
$25 (Non Member)
includes lunch (please indicate if you need a vegitarian option when you RSVP)


RSVP: 303-860-1115 x727 or
Please register by Noon on Friday, February 21, 2014.


**Cancellations can be made only by calling 303.860.1115, X727 or by e-mail to**

Cancellations after Noon on February 21, 2014 will be responsible for payment.

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