Colorado Rights Blog


  • One year ago, thousands of Coloradans marched in a historic display of resistance. At the ACLU of Colorado we carried that spirit throughout the year, fighting on many fronts for civil liberties. We won’t stop now.

  • By canceling DACA, Trump has put 800,000 young people at risk of losing their jobs and being deported from the only country they know as home. Passing the bipartisan Dream Act would protect them. We asked four Dreamers why the Dream Act is important to them and their future.

  • James Fisher spoke at the ACLU of Colorado Bill of Rights Dinner about how he and the ACLU are working together to stop the criminalization of poverty for the thousands of Coloradans who are trapped in debtors’ prisons.

  • Our membership has quadrupled in the last six months, making it possible to do more than ever to protect civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Thank you to all our new members, supporters, and donors, and the ones who’ve been with us for years.

Statement from ACLU Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley on DA Brauchler’s Decision to End Death Penalty Pursuit in Montour Trial

“The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is encouraged by 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler’s decision to end his lengthy and expensive pursuit of the death penalty in the trial of Edward Montour.

“We also recognize the courage of Robert Autobee, who spoke out against the deep flaws in Colorado’s death penalty from a unique and extremely personal perspective.  Thankfully, Robert Autobee and his family will now be afforded the closure they have sought for more than a decade.

“The death penalty is expensive to pursue, it does not deter crime or make us safer, and every execution props up an unequal system that can and does make mistakes including the execution of innocent people.  Had this plea of life without parole been accepted when first proposed years ago, the taxpayer dollars that were lost could have been spent on priorities that actually make us safer and prevent violent crime, like updating corrections facilities, providing better law enforcement and corrections training, and improving mental health treatment in Colorado.”

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