Justice

State lawmakers seek to restrict solitary confinement in Colorado’s largest jails for mentally ill inmates

BY: - April 8, 2021

Meghan Baker, a staff attorney for the advocacy organization Disability Law Colorado, asked state lawmakers during a bill hearing on Tuesday to imagine what it would be like to spend 23 hours a day alone in a jail cell. “You can’t see a TV or a clock, you have very little property in your cell […]

Biden administration to suggest model ‘red flag’ gun laws for states

BY: - April 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice will distribute model “red flag” legislation to states so they can enact laws that would allow courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is distressed, according to senior Biden administration officials. “The president will not wait for Congress to act before the administration takes our own […]

New unit launched at Interior to investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people

BY: - April 5, 2021

The U.S. Department of the Interior is creating a new unit to lead and help coordinate investigations into the ongoing crisis of murdered and missing American Indian and Alaska Native people. Interior Secretary Debra Haaland, the first Indigenous person to lead the agency, announced Thursday the formation of the Missing & Murdered Unit within the […]

Catholic Church

Child sexual abuse lawsuits could cost state up to $13.7M a year, fiscal analysis finds

BY: - April 2, 2021

A proposed Colorado law would require the state to budget up to $13.7 million in liability payments and legal fees for 55 child sexual misconduct lawsuits per year, according to a fiscal analysis by nonpartisan legislative staff. Under Senate Bill 21-88, people who survived sexual abuse as children would be able to sue institutions — […]

Cup Foods clerk regrets 911 call on George Floyd; Chauvin body cam footage played in third day of trial

BY: - April 1, 2021

This story first appeared in the Minnesota Reformer. During the third day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial for murder and manslaughter, the jury saw more videos from virtually every angle of the day George Floyd died in south Minneapolis. They heard from the 19-year-old clerk who sold Floyd cigarettes, and an elderly Black man […]

Majority Leader Daneya Esgar

Transgender rights bill withstands Republicans’ filibuster-style tactics

BY: - April 1, 2021

Republicans are far outnumbered in the Colorado House, but that hasn’t stopped them from using delay tactics to stand their ground on ideological principles, even during a pandemic. On several of the session’s most controversial Democratic priorities — including a bill that would require people to lock up guns when not using them, a bill […]

Chauvin trial Day 2 takeaways: ‘I believe I witnessed a murder.’

BY: - March 31, 2021

This story originally appeared in the Minnesota Reformer. The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with murder and manslaughter in the May 25 death of George Floyd, continued Tuesday, with testimony from six witnesses.  Here are six takeaways from the trial Tuesday:  Vocal witness: ‘I wasn’t being heard’ Donald Williams II, a […]

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‘Historic’ moment: Bill to let child sexual assault survivors sue after many years nears finish line

BY: - March 30, 2021

After years of attempts, Colorado lawmakers appear poised to pass a bill that would allow survivors of sexual assault to sue their abusers long after the alleged abuse occurred. Senate Bill 21-73 passed the House on third reading March 29. It would allow people who survived sexual assault or other sexual crimes as children to […]

Denver county jail

Colorado’s jail population plummeted due to temporary pandemic changes. Some could become law.

BY: - March 29, 2021

When Elisabeth Epps, co-founder of Colorado Freedom Fund, talks about abolishing cash bond — the amount of money someone has to pay in order to get out of jail while awaiting court — she’s explicit. “Can someone tell me who this handsome, happy, smiling man is?” Epps asked a group gathered online for a court […]

COMMENTARY

Colorado’s gun fix is simple: private markets

BY: - March 27, 2021

When officer Eric Talley and nine others were killed just blocks from me on Monday, Colorado faced its seventh deadly mass shooting in 12 months. It was the nation’s 63rd deadly mass shooting this year. The grieving families will face not only an emotional burden but also a financial burden: medical bills, bereavement, and lost […]

Case against Boulder mass shooting suspect will take at least a year, DA says

BY: - March 26, 2021

Like most murder investigations, the court case against the Boulder King Soopers shooting suspect could be drawn out for many months, or even years. “It will be a lengthy court process,” Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty, who is prosecuting the case, told reporters on Friday. “In every murder prosecution, the process takes at least […]

‘There are no words’: Boulder community gathers to mourn lives taken during mass shooting

BY: - March 26, 2021

As the sun dipped below the mountains in Boulder on Thursday night, community members reportedly numbering at least 2,000 gathered outside Fairview High School to mourn the loss of 10 people who were gunned down at a local King Soopers grocery store on March 22. The vigil, one of many that have occurred throughout the […]