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.

Support the Law Enforcement Integrity and Accountability Act

Our country is devastated by the frequent deaths and injuries of hundreds of Black and Brown people at the hands of the police. Police officers are entrusted to protect and serve the community and should be held accountable to the people they serve. Demand humane, equitable, and constitutional policing in Colorado communities.

Contact your representative and tell them to vote in support of the Law Enforcement Integrity and Accountability Act.

Police officers often escape liability because of qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that prevents the community from holding police responsible when they violate laws, policies, and community trust. Police officers are government officials who should be held accountable to the people they serve.


Take action now.

Read SB20-217 here.

Read our fact sheet and story sheet here. 

Learn more about qualified immunity.

Use our social media toolkit.

Write a letter to the editor in support of SB20-217. 

SB20-217 Supporters

The Family of Michael Marshall

The Family of De’Von Bailey

The Family of Marvin Booker

The Family of Elijah McClain

Colorado Freedom Fund

NAACP CO MT WY State Conference

Black Lives Matter 5280

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar

Office of the State Public Defender

Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel

Women’s Lobby of Colorado

Second Chance Center

Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition

Colorado Press Association Network

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition

Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center

Disability Law Colorado

Lawyers Civil Rights Committee

New Era Colorado

National Police Accountability Project

Colorado Juvenile Defender Center

Progress Now Colorado

Center for Health Progress

Healthier Colorado

Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform

Law Enforcement Action Partnership

Harm Reduction Action Center

Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable


Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Office of the Respondent Parent Counsel

Arc of Colorado

Indivisible Colorado Action Network

Everytown for Gun Safety

Moms Demand Action

Colorado Broadcasters Association

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative

Progress for Colorado

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association

Colorado Fiscal Institute

Denver Homeless Out Loud

Sam Cary Bar Association

Project Voyce

Denver Justice Project

United for New Economy

Together Colorado

Above Waters Project

SEIU Colorado

Colorado Working Families Party

One Colorado

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network

9to5 Colorado

Colorado Social Legislation Committee

Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy & Research Organization


UNITE HERE! Local 23 Denver Chapter

UFCW Local 7

Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center

Atlantis Community, Inc.

Reciprocity Collective

West Metro Resistance

Enterprise Community Partners

Young Invincibles

East Colfax Community Collective

Positive Women’s Network Colorado

Positive Women’s Network USA

Defy Ventures Colorado

The Blossom Project

Transformative Freedom Fund

Art from Ashes

Colorado Transgender/Nonbinary Educators Network

Tough Angels

Arvadans for Progressive Action

Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

About Face Veterans Against the War

Unitarian Universalist Community Minister

Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado

JUUST Living intentional recovery community

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

Veterans For Peace

Crowley Foundation

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango

CareerWise Colorado

Fighting to Farming

Live Well Colorado

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver

Canna-Patient Resource Connection

The Resistance 5280

NAACP Pueblo Branch

NAACP Aurora Branch

NAACP Colorado Springs Branch

NAACP Colorado Springs Youth Council

NAACP Weld County Organizing Committee

NAACP Boulder County Branch

NAACP State Civic Engagement & Voting Rights Committee

NAACP State Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee

NAACP State Youth & College Division

NAACP Douglas County Organizing Committee

Advocacy Denver

Indivisible Front Range Resistance

JeffCo Colorado Action Network

Criminal Justice Act Panel Standing Committee

Indivisible Denver

Indivisible Colorado District 7

Indivisible North Denver

Indivisible CO-5

Indivisible Ambassadors

The Arc of Aurora

The Arc of Pueblo

The Arc of the Central Mountains

The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties

The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region

The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties

The Association for Community Living Boulder and Broomfield Counties

The Arc of Larimer County

The Arc of Adams County

The Arc of Weld County

The Arc of Southwest Colorado

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