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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 on the conclusion of DMS review of the Alex Landau case

April 5, 2013

Statement of ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein on the conclusion of the Denver Manager of Safety’s review of the Alex Landau Case.

“This decision will do nothing to restore the public’s broken faith in Denver’s ability to hold police accountable for egregious misconduct. We had hoped that with a new mayor, a new police chief, and a new manager of safety that we would put an end to what so many have come to regard as business as usual. Two years ago the ACLU of Colorado asked the Department of Justice to investigate the Denver Police Department’s pattern and practice of violating the civil rights of Denver residents. We renew that call today.

“The public will find it hard to believe that police did not engage in excessive force in light of Alex Landau’s serious injuries and the $800,000 settlement that Denver has already paid in compensation.” 

For more information on the ACLU of Colorado's work to stop incidents of excessive force and racial profiling committed by Denver's Police and Sheriff Departments, click here.



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