Moe Clark

Moe Clark

Moe Clark is a freelance journalist and former Colorado Newsline reporter who covered criminal justice, housing, homelessness and other social issues.

Colorado’s renters rights got a boost this legislative session, alongside a flood of affordable housing funding

By: - June 10, 2021

In what will undoubtedly be a legislative session for the history books, Colorado state lawmakers this week approved a laundry list of new legal protections for renters and allocated millions in state and federal funds to help address the state’s affordable housing crisis, which worsened throughout the pandemic.  Senate Bill 21-173 permanently strengthens legal protections […]

State Sen. Bob Gardner

Colorado lawmakers pass bipartisan bill to restructure state’s misdemeanor laws for first time since 1985

By: - June 9, 2021

Colorado state lawmakers gave their final stamp of approval on Tuesday to a bipartisan bill that will overhaul and restructure the state’s misdemeanor sentencing laws — an effort that hasn’t occurred in a comprehensive way since 1985, according to the bill sponsors. The 378-page bill eliminates duplicate misdemeanor offenses, removes ones that are rarely used […]

Denver county jail

Colorado bill to limit use of jail and cash bail for people awaiting court fails in committee

By: - June 7, 2021

A bill that sought to limit arrests and the use of cash bail for people accused of committing low-level, nonviolent offenses died in the Colorado House Finance Committee on Monday. At the heart of the legislation was a push to reduce the number of people being held in jail while awaiting court — a group […]

Second Chance Center

Colorado’s Second Chance Center is redefining what success looks like after incarceration

By: - June 4, 2021

Audrey Tennyson was filling out paperwork at the front desk of Aurora’s Second Chance Center when he looked up and spotted a familiar face. A flood of relief washed over him.  “Taj, is that you?” Tennyson recalled yelling into the hall before pulling the 6-foot-5 man in for a bear hug. It was the first […]

‘We’re going to mobilize every single district’: What’s next for the Denver task force that wants to reimagine policing

By: - June 1, 2021

For eight months, a group of nearly 100 community members met virtually for two hours every Thursday with a unified goal: to create a roadmap for how Denver could reimagine its approach to public safety. The Denver Task Force to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety — which included over 40 entities representing faith community members, […]

After over a year, Colorado prisons will allow in-person visits again — with lots of precautions

By: - May 27, 2021

It’s been over a year since thousands of incarcerated people in Colorado have seen their loved ones face to face. All state prisons halted in-person visitation in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which tore it’s way through correctional facilities across the state. The Colorado Department of Corrections announced on Wednesday that it […]

Colorado bill requiring bond hearings to be set within 48 hours of arrest moves forward

By: - May 26, 2021

Michelle Reynolds was held in jail for 15 days, six hours and 23 minutes before she was able to see a judge. She was arrested on Aug. 23, 2019, in Mesa County after being pulled over for speeding while rushing to get to her niece’s first high school volleyball game. “The arresting officer was extremely […]

A Colorado pilot program allowing family court cases to be filed online expands to 7 more counties

By: - May 25, 2021

The Colorado Judicial Branch announced on Tuesday that a two-year pilot program allowing documents to be filed online in family court cases is expanding into seven more counties. The program allows for online filing of cases without legal representation related to the dissolution of marriage or civil unions as well as child custody cases. Approximately […]

Here’s how CO’s Dem leaders want to spend the state’s $3.8 billion federal stimulus

By: - May 25, 2021

Colorado Democratic leaders and lawmakers gathered on the steps of the state Capitol on Monday morning to unveil their preliminary plan for how to distribute $3.8 billion in federal stimulus funds from the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress.  “After more than a year of hardship and struggle, we are entering a new chapter of […]

Colorado Democrats rebranded their jail depopulation bill. Here’s what’s changed.

By: - May 24, 2021

Jonathan Cespedes believes that his mother, Susan, would still be alive today if she’d been allowed to be released on bond instead of awaiting trial in the El Paso County jail for an alleged financial crime committed in another state. The 55-year-old woman died in 2019 after trying to seek medical attention from jail staff […]

Julie Gonzales

Colorado’s ambitious tenant rights bill has been whittled down by industry groups. Here’s where it stands.

By: - May 17, 2021

An ambitious tenant rights bill that was introduced in Colorado’s Legislature this year has been significantly whittled down by landlord industry groups. Senate Bill 21-173, as introduced, sought to permanently strengthen legal protections for renters by putting substantial limits on how much a landlord can charge in rental late fees, extending the grace period for […]

These Colorado bills aim to bolster funding for local affordable housing efforts

By: - May 13, 2021

Colorado ranks No. 9 in the country for having the largest gap between renter’s income and housing cost — a reality buoyed by stagnant wages, rising rents and limited availability of affordable housing.   The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates that Colorado faces a statewide shortage of more than 113,000 affordable rentals for extremely low-income […]