Colorado Rights Blog


  • On November 21, 2016, 13 Aurora police officers responded to a simple noise complaint at Alberto Torres’s home. As happens all too often, Aurora police officers escalated this minor issue into a brutal affair. They beat Mr. Torres solely because he delayed exiting his garage to ask his wife to interpret for him. With that beating, the lives of Mr. Torres and every member of his family were changed and he has yet to recover. ACLU of Colorado fought to obtain justice for Mr. Torres, and Aurora has now paid him $285,000. But money is not justice, and the brutality of the Aurora Police Department against people of color has continued unabated.

    It doesn’t have to be this way.

    Imagine, if instead of 13 officers being dispatched to Mr. Torres’s home for a noise complaint, the City of Aurora sent a civilian-led response team to check on his welfare and ask that he and his friends lower their sound, resulting in a non-violent solution to a minor issue?

    ACLU Settles Case With Aurora After Police Brutalize and Unlawfully Arrest Alberto Torres

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    Join us in our fight to fulfill this promise and move forward with hope by donating to the ACLU of Colorado. Your donation supports the ACLU’s strengths that make our work effective and collaborative.

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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.




Denver Women’s Correctional Facility Ends Degrading Body Cavity Searches After ACLU Letter & Online Advocacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2010 CONTACT:  Mark Silverstein, Colorado ACLU Legal Director, 303-777-5482 x114 DENVER – Officials at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility (DWCF) today implemented a new strip search policy that no longer allows correctional officers to engage in degrading body cavity searches during which they previously had forced prisoners to open their labia and, according to some reports, even to pull back the skin of their clitorises.  The American.... | Read More


ACLU Celebrates Tattered Cover Court Decision

ACLU Foundation of Colorado joined the American Booksellers Association's Foundation for Free Expression, Tattered Cover owner Joyce Meskis, privacy advocates and a host of First Amendment supporters in celebrating the Colorado Supreme Court's ruling protecting the privacy of book purchasers. In a unanimous decision handed down Monday morning, April 8, the Court recognized the rights of the general public to purchase books anonymously without government interference. In early 2000, police.... | Read More


ACLU Demands That Prisoners At Colorado Springs Jail Be Allowed To Mail Letters

Federal Lawsuit Charges That Newly Enacted Policy Limiting Correspondence To Postcards Is UnconstitutionalCONTACT: Mark Silverstein, ACLU Legal Director, 303-777-5482 x114 DENVER – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Colorado today filed a federal class action lawsuit charging that a new policy barring prisoners at the El Paso County Jail in Colorado Springs, Colorado from sending letters to people in the free world is unconstitutional. Implemented last month, the policy restricts.... | Read More


Denver Post: It’s Grand to Banish Your Fears

Read Susan Greene's column on Grand Junction's "emergency" ordinances. | Read More


Junction Daily Blog Covers Grand Junction “Emergency” Ordinance

Read the blog post here. | Read More


John Linko’s Blog: A Good Outcome

Read John Linko's blog on the outcome of the ACLU's legal advocacy around Grand Junction's "emergency" ordinances. | Read More