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  • 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.

Colorado Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Colorado voters will elect our next governor on November 6, 2018. This new leader will influence the direction of Colorado’s criminal justice system, marijuana regulations and broader drug policies. All candidates were invited and we’ve received confirmation so far from Mike Johnston, Cary Kennedy, Donna Lynne and Jared Polis. Join us as these candidates share their perspectives and answer timely and compelling questions on these issues.

RSVP: https://gubernatorial-forum-june9.eventbrite.com
*This event is free, but registration is strongly encouraged. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, June 9 at 2:30 PM – 4 PM

430 W 9th Ave., Denver, CO 80204

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/482038428877218/

Hosted by ACLU of Colorado, Colorado Criminal Justice Coalition, Harm Reduction Action Center, and Drug Policy Alliance

This event is for general educational purposes only. The sponsors are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and do not endorse candidates or otherwise provide support to a candidate.





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