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Criminal Justice | July 19th, 2017

ACLU Lawsuit Seeks Life-Saving Treatment for Thousands of Colorado Prisoners Suffering from Hepatitis C

DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado filed a federal class action lawsuit this morning challenging the Colorado Department of Corrections’ systematic denial of life-saving treatment to more than 2,200 prisoners suffering from chronic Hepatitis C. “Colorado has an immense public health crisis in its prisons.  At least one in every nine prisoners suffers from Hepatitis C, and complications from the disease kill nearly as many Coloradans in custody every year as drug and alcohol abuse, homicide,.... | Read More

LGBT Equality | June 26th, 2017

Supreme Court Will Hear Masterpiece Cakeshop Discrimination Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court today announced it will review a decision from the Colorado Court of Appeals that found that a cake shop discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake.  In 2012, Colorado residents David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a wedding cake.  Mullins and Craig planned to marry in Massachusetts and then celebrate with family and friends back home. Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips informed the couple that,.... | Read More

| June 13th, 2017

Colorado Lawmakers Score High Marks on 2017 ACLU of Colorado Legislative Scorecard

DENVER – Following one of the most productive legislative sessions in recent history for civil liberties, lawmakers from both parties received generally high marks on the ACLU of Colorado Legislative Scorecard, which was released this morning. Fifty of Colorado’s 100 lawmakers scored a perfect 100% and 58 scored 80% or higher on the scorecard, which is based on votes on seven bills that were selected as the best representation of the civil liberties issues facing Colorado today. Five bills.... | Read More

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Criminal Justice | July 18th, 2017

FACT SHEET: HB17-1338 – A bill to Promptly Bring Municipal Inmates Before a Judge

MUNICIPAL DEFENDANTS OFTEN LANGUISH IN JAIL ON BONDS THAT THEY CANNOT AFFORD Statewide, the difference is striking—municipal defendants languish for weeks in jail on minor charges, while state and county defendants charged with serious offenses are brought promptly before a judge. Municipal defendants sometimes wait a week or more in jail to see a judge, even though most municipal inmates are incarcerated for low-level offenses, like littering, panhandling or dog-off-leash. In comparison,.... | Read More

Voting Rights | July 3rd, 2017

Colorado Must Beware of Trump’s Voter Suppression Scheme

It is evident that the Trump administration is about to embark on a nationwide voter suppression campaign to disenfranchise thousands or even millions of voters. This campaign will be based on lies and myths about voter fraud, and it will be carried out under the name of “election integrity.” It is beginning with a mind-boggling demand for Secretaries of State to turn over detailed profiles of all registered voters in every state. It is essential that Colorado, a state that prides itself on voter.... | Read More

| June 28th, 2017

Can Businesses Turn LGBT People Away Because of Who They Are? That’s Up to the Supreme Court Now.

By James Esseks, Director, LGBT & HIV Project The United States Supreme Court just agreed to decide a case about whether a business can refuse to sell commercial goods to a gay couple because of the business owner’s religious beliefs.  A win for the business could gut the nation’s civil rights laws, licensing discrimination not just against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, but against anyone protected by our non-discrimination rules. In July 2012, Debbie Munn accompanied.... | Read More

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Standing Up for Incarcerated Kids in Colorado
The ACLU of Colorado is committed to protecting children who are in the care of the Colorado Department of Youth Corrections (DYC) and to transforming the culture at DYC....

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Protect Patient Health: Stop the use of Religion to Deny Healthcare
The ACLU of Colorado believes that everyone has a right to receive appropriate healthcare and information. Everyday in Colorado, healthcare providers and hospitals deny....

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The ACLU of Colorado is committed to ending the use of the death penalty in Colorado. Colorado's use of the death penalty is immoral, unjust, and expensive. The death....

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