The ACLU of Colorado’s Legal Department works to protect and defend civil liberties through litigation as well as legal advocacy outside the courtroom. With only three full-time attorneys on staff, the ACLU also relies on the work of dedicated volunteer cooperating attorneys from around the state who are willing to donate their time and talent to assist our struggle for liberty.
- 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.
One year ago, thousands of Coloradans marched in a historic display of resistance. At the ACLU of Colorado we carried that spirit throughout the year, fighting on many fronts for civil liberties. We won’t stop now.
By canceling DACA, Trump has put 800,000 young people at risk of losing their jobs and being deported from the only country they know as home. Passing the bipartisan Dream Act would protect them. We asked four Dreamers why the Dream Act is important to them and their future.
Litigation & Legal Advocacy
Ryals v. City of Englewood
In this case, ACLU attorneys challenge an Englewood ordinance that makes it a crime for registered sex offenders to live within 2000 feet of any school, park, or playground, or 1000 feet of any licensed day care center, recreation center or swimming pool. As a practical matter, the ordinance bans previously-convicted sex offenders from living in the....
Tattered Cover v. Brohl
In the last days of the 2013 session, the Colorado legislature passed HB 1317, a 73-page bill that sets out the framework for implementing Amendment 64, which legalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for persons over 21. Buried in the text is a provision that requires the Department of Revenue to promulgate regulations “requiring that....
Criminal Justice, Freedom of Expression & Religion
On May 30, 2014, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission determined that Masterpiece Cakeshop unlawfully discriminated against David Mullins and Charlie Craig by refusing to sell them a wedding cake.
David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in July 2012, with Craig's mother, to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception.....
LGBT Equality, Marriage Equality
ACLU v. Colorado Department of Corrections
This lawsuit was filed in 2013, as Colorado was preparing for its first execution since 1997. The ACLU invoked the Colorado open records laws seeking disclosure of Colorado’s detailed execution protocol as well as information about the state’s efforts to obtain the drug or drugs that will be used and the companies that may be supplying the drugs.....
Death Penalty, Government Transparency
Kramer v. City of Loveland
Police turning minor traffic stops into full-blown searches for marijuana have been a frequent source police-community friction. Numerous exceptions to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement have often left motorists at the mercy of police intent on carrying out a complete search of the driver and the vehicle. Because courts have held that an odor....
Criminal Justice, Privacy & Technology
Solitary Confinement of Children in Residential Treatment Center – El Pueblo
An ACLU investigation revealed that a residential treatment center for at-risk youth routinely confines children in so-called “Reflection Cottages” for days and even weeks at a time. At El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch, the “Reflection Cottages” are small concrete rooms with no furniture other than a concrete slab that serves as....
Stop Solitary, Student and Youth Rights