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.

Transparency 101: Your rights to information & open meetings in school districts

When: Monday, September 29 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Where: Jeffco Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall 2, 15200 W 6th Ave, Golden

The event is free, but please RSVP by September 25 at

Transparency is more than a buzzword in some Colorado school districts. It’s a problem, according to many parents and educators.

As political battles rage in certain districts, some board members have been accused of conducting the public’s business in secret. Meanwhile, many constituents complain that their concerns aren’t being heard.

Statewide, there are calls for more transparency in how education dollars are spent and more accuracy in the reporting of incidents of school violence. In November, Colorado voters will be asked to open school district labor negotiations to public scrutiny.

To help you navigate these issues and others, the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition and Chalkbeat Colorado are teaming up to present a panel discussion Monday evening, Sept. 29: “Transparency 101: How to exercise your rights to information and open meetings in your school district.” Learn more about how Colorado’s Open Records Act and Open Meetings Law can help you better understand how education policies are made and implemented.

The panel will feature Chalkbeat education reporter Nic Garcia, Evergreen Newspapers Editor Doug Bell, First Amendment attorney Ashley Kissinger and former Denver school board member Theresa Peña. Nelson Garcia, education reporter for 9NEWS, will moderate the discussion.

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