Justice

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states, including Colorado, and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges […]

COMMENTARY

Teams should stop playing Valor Christian

BY: - August 27, 2021

Valor Christian High School, based on statements from school officials and the former Valor coach they forced out for being gay, practices a form of rank bigotry. The school, located in the south metro Denver community of Highlands Ranch, is unabashed in its religiosity, and administrators think they can flash faith as a form of ethical […]

House passes voting rights bill but Senate approval unlikely

BY: - August 25, 2021

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed, 219-212, along party lines a bill to reinstate a core section of the Voting Rights Act — a direct rebuke to state laws the bill’s supporters say have restricted voting rights. The bill, named for the late civil rights icon and longtime Georgia Democratic U.S. Rep. John R. Lewis, […]

Trial pushed back for Lakewood man who alleges being victimized by police

BY: - August 24, 2021

A Jefferson County judge on Monday allowed the jury trial date to be pushed back for a Lakewood man who in February was involved in a physical altercation with a tow truck driver and ultimately arrested by police officers.  Ameer Allen is charged with four misdemeanors, including assault, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, and […]

Democrats seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools

BY: - August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by American Indian boarding school policies, the decades-long practice of forcibly sending Native American children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) sent a request this month […]

Chained Voices

A push to change Colorado’s prison culture and perceptions — one art piece at a time

BY: - August 23, 2021

As people shuffled in and out of a tiny art gallery at the University of Denver, Jerry Martinez stood off to the side, diligently working on an oil painting as the setting sun beat down on him.  “I’ve been doing art since I can remember,” 42-year-old Martinez said. “I remember picking up a pencil and […]

Sand Creek Massacre

This tribal elder helped remove 157-year-old proclamations used to incite Sand Creek Massacre

BY: - August 19, 2021

When tribal elder Rick Williams, a member of the Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne Tribes, started researching the history of his great-great grandfather, White Horse, in the summer of 2018, he stumbled upon a horrifying fact. He discovered that two proclamations signed 157 years ago that explicitly targeted Native Americans and incited the mass murder […]

U.S. House Dems unveil new voting rights bill named for John Lewis

BY: - August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — At the base of the bridge in Selma, Ala., where the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia almost died while marching for civil rights, congressional Democrats announced Tuesday the introduction of legislation that aims to protect voting rights across the country.  Rep. Terri Sewell, an Alabama Democrat, unveiled what will be designated […]

DOJ civil rights official urges Congress to act soon on voting rights

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — A top Justice Department official on Monday stressed the need for Congress to pass  legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis in order to protect voting rights across the United States. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Kristen Clarke told lawmakers that since a 2013 Supreme […]

Afghan evacuees to arrive in the U.S. through Virginia and Wisconsin military bases

BY: - August 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The first U.S. stop for the nearly 2,000 Afghan interpreters and other refugees evacuated so far amid the collapse of the Afghan government has been central Virginia’s Fort Lee military base.  Tapped for its East Coast location and its ability to quickly ramp up to serve as a temporary host installation, the Army […]

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Colorado redistricting panel votes to end ‘prison gerrymandering’ in new legislative maps

BY: - August 13, 2021

For the first time in the state’s history, Colorado will change how it counts incarcerated people when drawing up new legislative maps, a redistricting panel confirmed in a vote on Friday. Historically, prison inmates have been counted by the U.S. Census Bureau as residing in the county where they are incarcerated, which redistricting and criminal […]

Aurora police officer fired for failing to intervene in violent July arrest

BY: - August 13, 2021

An Aurora police officer has been fired for failure to intervene after a fellow officer violently detained an unarmed man in July. Officer Francine Martinez was fired on Thursday after an internal investigation found that she failed to intervene when former officer John Haubert beat, choked and pistol-whipped an unarmed civilian on July 23 while […]