American Civil Liberties Union

Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’

BY: - June 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Teachers from Tennessee to Iowa are swept up in a wave of outrage led by GOP politicians nationwide over how schools teach kids about race in U.S. history.  Conservatives have pilloried much instruction about systemic racism as “critical race theory,” even when that academic term has never been mentioned. A half dozen states […]

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 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 […]