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.

Colorado Springs Chapter Summer Forum- Crime and its Consequences

The Colorado Springs Chapter's Summer Forum will feature Jim Scarboro, founder of the Colorado branch of  The Innocence Project, speaking on "Crime and Its Consequences: Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System in Colorado".

7 p.m. , Monday, June 27, Carnegie Room, Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade, Colorado Springs,

To date, 271 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 17 who served time on death row. These people served an average of 13 years in prison before exoneration and release.The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects.

The CIP was founded in 2001 by a number of Colorado lawyers led by Jim Scarboro ’70, a partner in the Denver office of the law firm of Arnold & Porter. The CIP was formed under the umbrella of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, a non-profit, non-partisan consortium of law firms that engages in pro bono work. In 2010, the CIP moved to its current home at Colorado Law.

Mr. Scarboro served as law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White from 1971 to 1972 and was an associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Law from 1973 to 1978.

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