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Here are Colorado Newsline’s top 10 stories of 2020

BY: - December 31, 2020

To say that our tiny newsroom of four has been busy the past six months would be an understatement. Since we launched at the beginning of July, in the middle of the pandemic, we’ve accomplished more than we thought possible. Thank you for following along and supporting our work. We want to hear from you […]

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5 of the biggest Colorado political stories of 2020

BY: - December 25, 2020

Though Colorado wouldn’t confirm its first case of COVID-19 until March 5, 2020, public health officials later concluded that it had been circulating in the state as early as January — fittingly enough, for a year that would come to be defined, above all else, by the spread of the novel coronavirus. But a deadly […]

Gov. Polis commutes four sentences, including that of 84-year-old Sterling inmate

BY: - December 23, 2020

Kelly Brasier has had a room for her uncle ready in her Pennsylvania home for over six years. Before her father died, she promised him that if her uncle got out of prison, he would have a safe place to come home to. “I’m keeping that final wish to my dad,” said Brasier, whose uncle, […]

Inmates were scrubbed from Colorado’s vaccination plan. Where does that leave them?

BY: - December 21, 2020

The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine has brought hope to many Coloradans, especially those who have loved ones incarcerated in the state’s correctional facilities. A total of 6,736 prison inmates and 1,155 staff members have tested positive for the virus since the beginning of the pandemic and 17 people have died, according to the Colorado […]

Stories of immigrants detained in Aurora told in ‘The Facility’

BY: - December 18, 2020

Raul Medina Perez still has nightmares about his 11-month stay at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility, where he was detained by private prison corporation GEO Group on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “I’ve been doing therapy,” Perez said in an interview with Newsline. “It’s a traumatizing experience, you know, I hope that nobody else […]

Colorado among states to sue Google over alleged monopoly

BY: - December 17, 2020

The tech giant Google illegally maintains a monopoly over search engines and internet search advertising, say 38 attorneys general. The attorneys, led by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Google in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, according to a news release from Weiser’s office. The suit seeks […]

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Rising rents, stagnant wages leave many Colorado tenants struggling to meet basic needs

BY: - December 17, 2020

When Laura Rodriguez’s lease was up for renewal in the middle of the pandemic, she was informed by her landlord that her rent was increasing by $200 dollars a month.  “We are now paying $1,800 and our landlord already announced that next August 2021 our rents will go up to $2,200 a month,” said Rodriguez, […]

Police accountability in Denver hampered by lack of documentation during protests

BY: - December 16, 2020

When Nick Mitchell, Denver’s independent law enforcement watchdog, received a formal request from City Council in June to conduct an investigation into the Denver Police Department’s aggressive crowd control methods during the summer protests for racial justice, he wasn’t surprised. “I was already engaged in discussions with a lot of people, including city officials, who […]

ACLU files federal lawsuit against El Paso County sheriff over COVID protections for jail inmates

BY: - December 14, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, alongside three private attorneys, filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on Sunday to improve COVID-19 protections for incarcerated people at El Paso’s county jail. The lawsuit seeks an expedited hearing and court order to require El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder to comply with COVID-19 public […]

Colorado’s revised vaccine plan removes priority for incarcerated people, shelter residents

BY: - December 9, 2020

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment published a revised COVID-19 vaccination plan, which de-prioritizes people in prison and those experiencing homelessness but adds long-term care facility residents to the top of the list. Colorado is preparing to receive 95,600 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine a week after the first shipment of 46,800 vaccine […]

COMMENTARY

Polis let himself be bullied on vaccination for inmates

BY: - December 4, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis let himself be bullied by George Brauchler. And the result is that Colorado’s coronavirus vaccination plan could be compromised. Brauchler, the outgoing attorney for the 18th Judicial District and one-time candidate for governor, published an op-ed in The Denver Post on Sunday that falsely accused the Polis administration of wanting “to prioritize […]

ACLU asks judge to order Polis to decrease state’s prison population

BY: - December 2, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on Wednesday asked a judge to issue an emergency order to force Gov. Jared Polis to decrease the state’s prison population to promote greater social distancing and protect vulnerable inmates from the coronavirus. The preliminary injunction submitted in Denver District Court is part of an ongoing class action […]