Justice

Another Colorado inmate dead after experiencing coronavirus symptoms

BY: - November 13, 2020

A fifth inmate at a Colorado prison died on Tuesday after experiencing coronavirus symptoms.  The 71-year-old man, who the DOC declined to name due to medical privacy laws, was incarcerated at the Sterling Correctional Facility and died at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. The death was reported Wednesday night, when the Colorado Department […]

Polis amends order to allow any ‘persons’ involved in McClain case to be prosecuted if necessary

BY: - November 12, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday amended an executive order originally issued in June that designated Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser as the state’s special prosecutor to investigate the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died days after a violent encounter with Aurora police officers in Aug. 2019. McClain was suspected of no […]

‘It was just chaos’: Former Sterling prison guard says COVID protocols were not enforced

BY: - November 12, 2020

When Jamie Amaral was called to transport an inmate sick with the coronavirus on April 27 from the Sterling Correctional Facility to a nearby hospital, she was only wearing a cloth mask. When they arrived, they were quickly ushered into a secluded room.  “Everybody that came in had face shields and masks and the whole […]

Colorado’s blue wave hit the state’s district attorney races, with one competitive race yet to call

BY: - November 4, 2020

Democratic candidates for Colorado’s district attorney seats pulled out ahead during the Nov. 3 election — a shift that could change the tone of criminal justice reform throughout the state. In Colorado, district attorneys are elected in each of the state’s 22 judicial districts and are tasked with prosecuting state crimes, filing charges and directing […]

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Denver allows inmates to vote in person for the first time

BY: - November 3, 2020

For the first time, people in jail at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center and Denver County Jail could vote in person this election season. “I feel great,” said Isaiah Rodriguez, 19, who took advantage of the new program to vote in his first election. “I feel awesome. … It took time, but I’m glad that […]

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Most inmates in Colorado jails are eligible to vote, but access varies

BY: - October 30, 2020

Most people incarcerated in Colorado jails are eligible to vote. But their ability to do so depends on practices put in place by sheriff and county clerk offices. A report published on Oct. 26 by the nonprofit Colorado Common Cause found wide variances from county to county when it came to voter registration and ballot […]

Supreme Court to review Trump plan for excluding undocumented immigrants from census

BY: - October 19, 2020

The Supreme Court on Oct. 13 allowed the U.S. Census Bureau to stop counting people across the country two weeks earlier than a lower court’s order had originally required, raising fears that many people — including racial and ethnic minorities, who have historically been undercounted — would not be included in the census data. Now, the […]

Need legal advice? Colorado Judicial Department hosts free virtual informational events

BY: - October 14, 2020

The Colorado Judicial Department will host Free Legal Resource Days at several court locations throughout the state to provide information and guidance to community members facing a wide range of legal issues.  Volunteer lawyers and others will teach sessions — some in-person, but most by telephone or videoconference — in seven judicial districts in late […]

Colorado’s prison sentencing laws are due for an overhaul. Here’s what could change.

BY: - October 13, 2020

A state task force is attempting to overhaul Colorado’s prison sentencing laws — an undertaking that hasn’t been done in a comprehensive way in decades despite two similar efforts over the last 10 years. Sentence lengths are a key driver of Colorado’s prison population, which increased seven-fold between 1980 and 2016 as a result of […]

Man shot and killed after ‘Patriot Muster’ in downtown Denver

BY: - October 10, 2020

One man was shot and killed near the Denver Art Museum on Saturday following opposing rallies held by a right-wing group and left-wing counter-protesters. The Denver Police Department confirmed that one suspect is in custody following the shooting, which is being investigated as a homicide. “Further investigation has determined the suspect is a private security guard […]

Supreme Court confirmation hearings to plow ahead amid COVID-19 infections

BY: - October 10, 2020

Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett will face the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee beginning Monday for what’s expected to be an unusual and contentious four days of hearings on her nomination for the Supreme Court. Democrats sought unsuccessfully to block those hearings, raising concerns about the short time frame before Election Day, the urgent need to […]

2,732 pardons issued — the most by a Colorado governor at one time — for past marijuana convictions

BY: - October 1, 2020

A last-minute June amendment to a bill creating social equity licenses for new cannabis businesses allowed Gov. Jared Polis to issue mass pardons of people convicted of possessing up to 2 ounces of marijuana. The governor on Oct. 1 issued 2,732 pardons for past marijuana convictions — the most people ever pardoned by a Colorado […]