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.

Statement of ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley on the passing of Dr. Vincent Harding

“The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado mourns the loss of Dr. Vincent Harding, one of the nation’s most treasured civil rights leaders and a true champion of civil liberties.

“As a writer, a teacher, and an activist, Dr. Harding used reason, logic, empathy, and love to peacefully combat hate, ignorance, and intolerance.  Dr. Harding challenged his students and colleagues to examine society’s institutions and question whether they met the standards of equality and justice outlined in our nation’s founding documents.   Through the Veterans of Hope Project, Dr. Harding spread the stories of struggle and triumph that helped shape the civil rights movement to a younger generation, so that they could continue the quest for a more perfect democratic society.

“We pass on our sincerest condolences to Dr. Harding’s family, friends, colleagues, and students.  His incomparable legacy will live on through the lives he touched and the many minds he helped to shape.”

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