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.

Notice from the Executive Director

To protect our staff and the public from the COVID-19 coronavirus, staff of the ACLU of Colorado will be working from home for at least the next two weeks starting Monday, March 16. Please do not come to our office, which will be closed, but be assured that we will still be working hard to protect civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Your patience is appreciated with any returned deliveries or delays in processing of mail. For legal intakes, you are encouraged to use our web-based form if at all possible. Thank you for supporting the ACLU and please take care of yourself and those you love in this challenging time for all of us.

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Executive Director

Para proteger a nuestro personal y al público del coronavirus COVID-19, el personal de ACLU de Colorado trabajará desde su casa durante al menos las próximas dos semanas a partir del lunes 16 de Marzo. Por favor no venga a nuestra oficina, que estará cerrada , pero tenga la seguridad de que seguiremos trabajando duro para proteger los derechos civiles y las libertades civiles en Colorado. Apreciamos su paciencia con cualquier entrega devuelta o demoras en el procesamiento del correo. Para consumos legales, se le recomienda que use nuestro forma en la web si es posible. Gracias por apoyar a la ACLU y cuídate a ti mismo y a los que amas en este momento desafiante para todos nosotros.

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, Director Ejecutivo

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