Justice

Key to disrupting Denver’s homeless-to-jail pipeline? Permanent supportive housing, study finds.

BY: - July 16, 2021

The city of Denver embarked on a five-year experiment in 2016 to see if it could disrupt the city’s robust homeless-to-jail pipeline by providing permanent supportive housing, which couples housing with services such as substance use and mental health treatment.  The results? A “remarkably successful initiative,” said Mary Cunningham, vice president of the Metropolitan Housing […]

Homeless advocates protest city’s camping ban during MLB All-Star Game

BY: - July 14, 2021

As baseball fans flocked to Denver on Tuesday for the MLB All-Star game, a crowd of homeless advocates and people experiencing homelessness gathered at a nearby park to protest the city’s continuous clearing of homeless encampments. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has denied that the city’s recent increase in homeless sweeps are related to the historic […]

Bob Gardner

Ethics complaint against Sen. Bob Gardner dismissed by unanimous vote

BY: - July 13, 2021

Five state legislators serving on a bipartisan committee voted unanimously Monday to exonerate a fellow lawmaker, dismissing an ethics complaint against him on all counts. The complaint was filed against Colorado Springs Republican Sen. Bob Gardner, who told Newsline he would like his reputation back. A complaint dated April 21 had accused Gardner of exercising […]

Denver City Council members discuss community push to reimagine public safety

BY: - July 13, 2021

Denver City Council members are inching closer to what will likely be a heated debate regarding the future of policing and public safety in the Mile High City. In May, council members were presented with a 53-page report from a group of nearly 100 community members that spent eight months compiling a “roadmap” for how […]

Denver Justice Center

A wave of new criminal justice laws were enacted in Colorado. Here are the big takeaways.

BY: - July 12, 2021

A requirement that bond hearings occur within 48 hours of arrest. A push to recalibrate the punishments for misdemeanor crimes. An effort to allow more people to seal their criminal records to leave their worst mistakes behind them. Banning law enforcement from directing medical professionals to use the powerful sedative ketamine. These are a few […]

Former Colorado GOP chair denies wrongdoing in case of $280,000 in ‘misappropriated’ Trump PAC funds

BY: - July 9, 2021

The former Colorado Republican Party chair accused of embezzling nearly $280,000 from a pro-Trump super PAC has denied wrongdoing in a new legal filing, claiming that the funds were transferred as legitimate payments for “consulting services” and that PAC officials were aware of the arrangement. The allegations against Ryan Call, who served two terms as […]

A federal investigation seeks to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools

BY: - July 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Native American children traveled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities.  Once there, they had to hand over their belongings, put on uniforms, cut off their braids, adopt […]

He says he was assaulted in a parking lot. Then Lakewood police violently arrested him.

BY: - July 2, 2021

A Lakewood man was violently arrested in February after he was involved in an altercation with a tow truck driver.  Ameer Allen is now facing four misdemeanor charges, including assault, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, and harassment with a maximum jail sentence of four years and up to $7,750 in fines, not including court […]

COMMENTARY

Examining our hidden bias

BY: - July 1, 2021

Pride Month and Juneteenth may have passed, but the time to address systemic biases of all kinds certainly hasn’t. To start, a riddle: A father and his son are in a car crash. The father dies. The son is brought to the emergency department for life saving surgery. Upon entering the room, the surgeon shouts, […]

As abortion access shrinks nationwide, Colorado remains a sanctuary state for reproductive health care

BY: - June 30, 2021

When Lorenne Gavish found out she was pregnant in 2019 while living in New Mexico, she felt as if she was drowning in her abusive relationship. For Gavish, who now lives in Colorado, her first decision as a mother was to wait to become one. “Having been able to have that abortion and extract myself […]

Supreme Court affirms transgender rights in declining to hear Virginia school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]

U.S. Department of Justice takes Georgia to court over its elections law

BY: - June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia to overturn a sweeping elections law passed in March, with a legal challenge that alleges the new statute violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The federal lawsuit is the latest in a series of challenges to Senate Bill […]