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Fix the Police! Accountability Needed in Law Enforcement

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 12.04.2014 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

There are many fine officers who are careful and restrained in their use of force, but as long as the system protects those who cross the line, even in a case where the killing was filmed and the death was ruled by the coroner to be a homicide, public anger and distrust toward law enforcement will only grow.

Colorado Communities Are Making It a Crime to Be Homeless

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 12.04.2014 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Communities in Colorado and around the nation have passed a wave of new laws and ramped up enforcement of old ones targeting people who are homeless, from bans on sleeping in cars or taking shelter in bus stations to laws that prohibit sitting or lying down in public areas to restrictions on when and where someone can peacefully ask for charity.

JeffCo Students Give an Impressive Lesson in Patriotism -- Too Bad Their School Board Wasn't Listening

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 12.03.2014 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

How disappointing that a majority of the school board chose to disregard student protests and pass a curriculum review proposal designed to identify "objectionable materials" in high school curricula, starting with U.S. history, presumably to remove those materials if they do not meet the ideological criteria of the school board members.

When a Doctor Faces More Jail Time Than a Rapist

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.13.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It's been widely reported that Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner sponsored a bill in 2007 that would have outlawed all abortion in Colorado. But there's a detail about the ramifications of Gardner's legislation that's gone unreported, and it's important because it illuminates just how serious his bill was.

The Colorado Attorney General's Ugly and Wasteful Crusade Against Marriage Equality

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

The backwards ideas of one person should not hold up the freedom to marry for an entire state.

Another State Jailing The Poor For Not Paying Fines

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union says that Colorado has become the latest state to send people to jail if they are unable to pay fines for minor vio...

State Stops Putting Mentally Ill In Solitary Confinement

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

The Colorado Department of Corrections is seeking to decrease the number of inmates housed in solitary confinement, beginning with prisoners suffering...

ACLU Report Finds Growing Number Of Mentally Ill In Solitary Confinement

Posted 07.25.2013 | Denver

Since the death of the Colorado Prisons Chief Tom Clements, the ACLU of Colorado has found that even though the department of corrections has decrease...

ACLU Suit: Disclose The Death Penalty Protocols

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 05.21.2013 | Denver

The ACLU of Colorado filed a lawsuit Tuesday morning contending that the state's secretive death penalty protocols violate the public's right to know....

Douglas County Resumes Voucher Hearing Monday

Posted 11.18.2012 | Denver

On Monday the Douglas County School District and the group suing over its controversial voucher program will be back in court to resume their argument...

Legal Voters Being Questioned By Gessler's Office

AP | IVAN MORENO | Posted 10.28.2012 | Denver

DENVER — U.S citizens are among those who received letters from Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler questioning their right to vote, the A...

Homeless Camping Ban Passed By City Council

Posted 05.15.2012 | Denver

A controversial ordinance to ban "unauthorized" camping in the city of Denver--a measure that specifically targets homeless people sleeping on the str...

Police Chief: Very Last Thing That We Would Do Is Make An Arrest For Camping

Posted 05.11.2012 | Denver

Denver Police Chief Robert White says that if the city passes its proposed "unauthorized" camping ban next week, his department will use arrest as a l...

Preliminary Homeless 'Camping' Ban Approved By Denver City Council

Posted 05.01.2012 | Denver

A proposal to ban "unauthorized" camping in the city of Denver--a measure that specifically targets homeless people sleeping on the streets--has gotte...

Denver Camping Ban Gets Delayed

Posted 04.20.2012 | Denver

On Thursday, the Denver Commission On Homelessness called for a delay on any further action on the city's proposed "unauthorized camping ban" for at l...

Camping Ban Battle Heats Up: ACLU Writes Letter To City Council

Posted 04.17.2012 | Denver

A controversial proposal to "ban unauthorized camping" in the city of Denver has gotten the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorad...

Denver Testing Cop-Cams

Posted 12.26.2011 | Denver

In a move that has the ACLU's approval, the Denver Police Department will be piloting the use of body cameras for better patrol documentation. The...

Judge Refuses Douglas County's Request For Stay

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 10.29.2011 | Denver

This morning Denver District Judge Michael Martinez rejected Douglas County's motion to stay injunction pending their appeal. Douglas County offici...

Denver Settles 'Indiscriminate Arrests' Lawsuit From DNC

Posted 10.16.2011 | Denver

The city of Denver has settled the 2008 ACLU lawsuit for $200,000 that accused Denver Police of indiscriminate arrests during the Democratic National ...

Judge To DougCo: Stop Voucher Program

Posted 10.12.2011 | Denver

After last week's three day hearing, Denver District Judge Michael Martinez decided to grant the preliminary injunction to halt Douglas County School ...

Douglas County Vouchers Pose Unique Test For Courts

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 10.05.2011 | Denver

Next week a judge is expected to deliver his decision on whether to intervene in Douglas County School District's "Choice Scholarship" pilot voucher, ...

Death Row Inmates Win Exercise Outside

Posted 09.27.2011 | Denver

Keeping inmates from exercising outdoors for a prolonged period of time constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, according to a 1987 ruling by the 10...

Douglas County School Board: You're Too Late

Posted 09.24.2011 | Denver

State education officials and the Douglas County School District filed a motion last Friday asking the court to allow them to carry out their pilot vo...

ACLU Requests Video Release Of Controversial Jail Death

custody death | Posted 06.26.2011 | Denver

The ACLU of Colorado has filed an open record's request for the city to release video footage in the July 2010 in-custody death of a homeless sick inm...

UPDATE: City Of Denver Settles In ACLU Suit Against DPD

Posted 12.06.2011 | Denver

Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado have filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging racial profiling and unlawful search and e...