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.

Standing for Freedom

We would like to acknowledge the sponsors below for supporting "Standing for Freedom" the ACLU of Colorado Whitehead Diamond Jubilee, which was on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the History Colorado Center. Thank you for helping us honor Rehan K. Hasan, Volunteer Leader of the Decade and Mark Silverstein, Staff Leader of the Decade.



Freedom League:

Hasan Family Foundation

Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP 

Recht Kornfeld PC

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP



Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Max Minnig, Jr. & Associates, LLC, Carl J. Minnig Foundation, and Donald Bounds LLC & Suzanne Greene



Baker & Hostetler LLP

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

Holland & Hart LLP

Heizer Paul Grueskin, LLP and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

King & Greisen LLP

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Mendez Consulting Inc.

Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC

The Sawaya Law Firm 

Jeremy & Susan Shamos

University of Denver Sturm College of Law



Bob Connelly

Elkind Alterman Harston PC

RBI Strategies & Research 

Syntrinsic Investment Counsel 


For questions about this year's Whitehead Diamond Jubilee, please contact Rachel Pryor-Lease, Development Associate, at

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