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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.

Statement of ACLU-CO Executive Director on Hickenlooper’s Decision to Grant Reprieve to Dunlap

May 22, 2013

“The ACLU of Colorado applauds the Governor for recognizing real inequities in the death penalty and for acting affirmatively to halt movement towards execution of Nathan Dunlap.

“Killing Nathan Dunlap would do nothing to prevent crime, add to public safety, or bring back the lives that were lost. There will never be a way to guarantee a fair and just death penalty, and every execution perpetuates an arbitrary system that can and does make irreversible mistakes.

“The ACLU of Colorado remains committed to permanent repeal of the death penalty. We are very encouraged by the Governor’s call for a further examination of the issue, and we stand ready to facilitate public debate about the use of the death penalty and the many ethical, legal, and moral problems it presents.”

ACLU Death Penalty Fact Sheet



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