Justice

State lawmakers halt bill to expand a mental health grant program for law enforcement

BY: - March 3, 2021

A bill hearing at the state Legislature on Tuesday sparked a lengthy discussion about what entities should respond to emergency mental health calls. Lawmakers hoped to expand an existing mental health grant program within Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs that allows community partners to collaborate with law enforcement agencies to improve the handling of mental […]

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Child sexual assault survivors could sue abusers any time after assault under Colorado bill

BY: - March 2, 2021

After an attempt last year to remove the statute of limitations in child sexual assault cases came to an abrupt halt, Colorado legislators are confident they can pass a similar bill in 2021. Senate Bill 21-73 passed the Senate on second reading March 1. It would allow people who survived sexual assault or other sexual […]

Safe gun storage bill passes out of House committee

BY: - March 2, 2021

A Colorado bill that would impose safe storage requirements for firearms passed its first hurdle March 1 in the Legislature. The bill passed the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on a vote of 7-4, along party lines. Sponsored by Reps. Monica Duran of Wheat Ridge and Kyle Mullica of Northglenn, both Democrats, House […]

A pilot program to replace jail with mental health treatment was gaining traction last year. Then funding was cut.

BY: - March 1, 2021

After a young man experiencing homelessness damaged a parked car in 2020 in Durango while in the midst of a mental health crisis, police officers took him to jail before he was quickly released.  “He didn’t steal anything, he just started wrecking stuff because he was disoriented,” said Brian Miller, diversion coordinator for the 6th […]

COMMENTARY

Aurora law enforcement is a danger to the people

BY: - February 25, 2021

A report from independent investigators released this week confirms what many observers of the Elijah McClain case intuited all along — that Aurora cops and paramedics behaved with mortal recklessness in handling the 23-year-old McClain, who was the suspect of no crime and posed no threat, and that, upon the young man’s death, their allies […]

Some juvenile sex offenders could leave registry after age 25 under proposed bill

BY: - February 24, 2021

Some state lawmakers want to change Colorado’s registration requirements for people who commit sexual crimes as minors. Sponsored by Reps. Adrienne Benavidez of Adams County and Judy Amabile of Boulder, and Sen. Robert Rodriguez of Denver, House Bill 21-1064 would allow certain juvenile sex offenders to stop registering with the state after turning 25, or […]

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Independent investigation into Elijah McClain’s death highlights widespread police accountability gaps

BY: - February 23, 2021

From the moment Elijah McClain was stopped while walking home on Aug. 24, 2019, up until he was loaded into an ambulance 18 minutes later, Aurora police officers applied some form of physical force against the unarmed 23-year-old, who was suspected of no crime, according to a new report.  After being violently detained by officers, […]

Biden backs reparations study, as House Dems push for commission

BY: - February 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House last week indicated that President Joe Biden would support studying reparations for slavery, the same day that House Democrats held a hearing on legislation that would set up a reparations commission. But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stopped short of saying Biden would sign the bill under consideration by […]

Colorado Supreme Court announces panel charged with selecting investigators to root out alleged misconduct in Judicial Branch

BY: - February 19, 2021

The Colorado Supreme Court announced on Friday the selection of an eight-person panel tasked with selecting independent investigators to look into claims of widespread misconduct within the state’s Judicial Branch. The independent investigators selected by the panel will examine allegations of sexual harassment and sexism within the Judicial Branch, as well as a claim that […]

Data privacy protections for undocumented immigrants sought with proposed Colorado bill

BY: - February 19, 2021

After learning that state employees appear to have helped federal immigration authorities obtain undocumented Coloradans’ personal information — confirming “the worst fears of the immigrant community” — legislators want stronger data privacy protections in state law. Proposed legislation, announced Feb. 11, will be sponsored by state Sen. Julie Gonzales and Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, both Democrats […]

‘We as a branch are in crisis’: Colorado chief justice speaks about allegations during annual address to lawmakers

BY: - February 18, 2021

In early February, allegations emerged that former chief of staff Mindy Masias was awarded $2.5 million contract in order to prevent her from filing a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the Branch.

Colorado Supreme Court requests assistance in investigating alleged misconduct within judicial branch

BY: - February 17, 2021

The Colorado Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it is asking other government branches for help in selecting independent investigators to look into allegations of sexual harassment and widespread sexism within the the state’s Judicial Branch. Investigators will also look into allegations that a $2.5 million contract was awarded improperly to a former senior administrator. […]