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.

Freedom of Expression & Religion

The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the freedoms of speech, press, religion, assembly, and protects their right to petition the government.

Since 1952, the ACLU of Colorado has worked to preserve Coloradans’ fundamental First Amendment rights. We work for the preservation of free speech in all arenas, including the internet, schools, parades, and political rallies. In advance of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, we filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against Denver and the Secret Service seeking to protect the rights of those who wished to publicly assemble and express their views during the convention. We advocate for the free exercise of religion and the prevention of excessive entanglement of government and religion, including opposition to spending taxpayer money on religious activities, such as tuition tax credits for religious education.

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Related Cases

Marceleno et al v. City of Greeley, Colorado
Jensen et al v. Town of Fraser
Landman v. Scott

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Related Legislation

HB20-1062:Colorado Student Free Expression Law
HB20-1033:Live And Let Live Act
HB19-1140:Live and Let Live