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.

No Arrest For The Homeless

The Boulder County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado  presents its 2011 Annual Meeting program:

No Arrest For The Homeless

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Is it unconstitutional to arrest people whose only “crime” is to be homeless with no place to sleep? Is using a blanket to keep from freezing illegal camping?

What can –or should– the government do?

A distinguished panel will discuss the plight of the homeless in Boulder and the City’s response to this growing community.

  • David Harrison, Esq., Boulder criminal defense attorney who has been representing the homeless pro bono on violations of the City’s anti-camping ordinance
  • K.C. Becker, Boulder City Council Member
  • Michael Fitzgerald, Member of Boulder’s homeless community
  • Bill Benjamin, Esq., Vice Chair, Boulder County ACLU

This event is FREE and open to the public – refreshments will be served – nominations for the Boulder County Chapter board of directors will also be taken.

Details at: and

Questions? Contact Johanna Blumenthal 303-807-2142

*Wolf Law Building: SW corner of campus – take Regent Dr. off Broadway or Colorado Ave. then south on Kittredge Loop – FREE PARKING in east lot behind building – accessible entrance

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