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  • 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.

Immigration

The Constitution guarantees the fundamental rights of due process and equal protection to every person in this country, regardless of their immigration status.

Upholding the rights of the politically disenfranchised is vital; when the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one group of people it puts everyone’s rights in danger. The ACLU of Colorado works to uphold the due process and equal protection clauses embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights, which apply to every “person,” and are not limited to U.S. citizens. Other immigrants’ rights issues that the ACLU of Colorado works to address include prolonged detention periods, the application of labor laws to non-citizens and violations of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of warrantless intrusions into private homes.


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SAMIMI-GOMEZ et al v. THE GEO GROUP, INC. et al
American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
ICE Detainers

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Related Legislation

HB20-1294:Replace Illegal Alien With Undocumented Immigrant
HB20-1241:Issue Professional License Lawful United States Presence
HB20-1188:Persons Who Illegally Reentered The United States