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.

Death Penalty Lobby Day

We need you to end the death penalty. For months, activists across Colorado have been writing postcards to legislators asking them to end the death penalty.

On Tuesday, January 14, join us for a pivotal day of action as we converge at the capitol to deliver the postcards and speak with our representatives to advance civil liberties and end the death penalty. Over breakfast, hear from legislators that champion repeal, receive a lobby training and share why you support an end to this broken system. Then, join us at the capitol to engage in the legislative process, meet with your elected officials and hold legislators accountable.


Join us and ask our legislators to end the death penalty.

Tuesday, January 14, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Denver First Baptist Church
1373 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203


The death penalty is an expensive, ineffective, and unjust government program that risks making irreversible mistakes by executing innocent people, delays justice for victims’ families, and wastes millions of dollars that could save lives and protect the public.

158 countries and 24 states no longer execute their own people. With your help, Colorado will be next.

Thank you for joining us in this fight!

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