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.

Constitution Day 2011

The ACLU and the University of Denver Constitutional Rights & Remedies Program celebrate Constitution Day by presenting Presidential war powers expert and constitutional scholar Dr. Louis Fisher.

Dr. Fisher will discuss the Obama adminstration perpetuation of Bush-era "forever war" policies in the context of Libya. "Military Operations in Libya: No War? No Hostilities?" Legal opinions in the Obama administration concluded that the operations did not amount to "war" and that they did not even constitute "hostilities" within the meaning of the War Powers Resolution. Fisher will discuss those arguments and also the claim that the military actions were "authorized" by the U.N. Security Council and NATO allies.

This FREE event is open to the public and includes lunch. University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Room 165. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kathryn at or call 303.777.5482, ext. 101.

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