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.

Redistricting and the Voter Rights Act: Perry v. Perez and its Aftermath

The ACLU Student Chapter, the ACLU of Colorado, the DU Chapter of the College Republicans, the DU Law Dems, and the DU Law Constitutional Rights & Remedies Program present: "Redistricting and the Voter Rights Act:  Perry v. Perez and its Aftermath."

Come hear Martha Tierney of Heizer Paul Grueskin, LLP discuss the 1965 Voter Rights Act (VRA) and the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Perry v. Perez and its implications for future voting rights cases. Ms. Tierney will further discuss her involvement with VRA litigation in Georgia as well as local issues arising from the Voter Rights Act in Colorado.

Room 125 — University of Denver

Sturm College of Law

Jerusalem’s will be served!

For the Supreme Court’s full opinion in Perry v. Perez:

Section 5 of the Voter Rights Act requires that proposed changes in voting procedures cannot take effect until they receive approval by the DOJ or D.C. Circuit Court in an effort to ensure that such changes do not have the purpose or effect of discriminating on the basis of race or native language.

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