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.

Court Watch Colorado Community Event

A Kickoff with Community Members and Concerned Activists to Keep Colorado Courts Accountable

Join us for the launch of the ACLU of Colorado and the Colorado Freedom Fund’s collaborative project to decrease pretrial detention in Colorado jails by mobilizing volunteers to watch court proceedings and to collect and publish data to ensure that courts are complying with state law.

This is an opportunity to gather together a community of passionate individuals to understand how the cash bail system operates in Colorado, learn from activists working on legislative measures to reform our criminal legal system and to create accountability in Colorado courtrooms.

We need the support of committed and willing participants to hold courts in Colorado accountable. Court watching is an accessible way Coloradans can learn how their tax dollars are being used in the pursuit of “justice” and to ensure that courts’ time and resources are not being spent going after low level offenses by those who may be too poor to buy their own freedom, further exacerbating Colorado’s overburdened jails.

With your help, we can ensure all Coloradans are treated with dignity and equity within the criminal legal system.

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