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Public Policy

A lesser prairie chicken in Prowers County, Colorado. Photo by Nick Athanas via Flickr: Creative Commons.

Conservationists warn weaker Trump rules could doom Colorado dancing grouse

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act could make it harder to bring animals back from the brink, including...
Halfway house in danger

Guest Post: Colorado’s halfway houses are a beacon of hope for many

For nearly 40 years, I’ve worked in the corrections industry having started as a parole officer and eventually retiring from the Department of Corrections...
Denver Police Sgt. Brian Conover speaks with Dorian Phillips on Nov. 14, 2018, during a police sweep of a homeless encampment in Five Points. (Photo by Alex Burness for The Colorado Independent)

Guest Post: Boosterism never boosts the homeless

We used to have a skid row in Denver. It was in the 1400 block of Larimer. There were always derelict-looking men hanging around...

If a government wants thousands of dollars to process your public records request, is...

When a government agency wants $5,850 to fulfill a request made under the Colorado Open Records Act, is it effectively denying access to those...
Photo by Amanda Slater, Creative Commons, Flickr

Guest Post: Colorado’s death penalty does not put inmates to death

Many Coloradans who favor the death penalty might be surprised to learn juries here seldom impose a death sentence, and Colorado rarely executes an...

Rename Stapleton? Backers say it’s time to dump ‘symbol of hate’ Community will...

Updated Monday, Aug. 19, 2019:  In preliminary results, Stapleton property owners have turned down a referendum to change the neighborhood's name, 65% to 35%,...
A customer at ABQ Guns in Albuquerque. Recent mass shootings have reignited the debate over gun legislation, including red flag laws and expanded background checks.

Where does Colorado’s Congressional delegation stand on gun access?

WASHINGTON – A heated debate over gun control awaits the U.S. Congress when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill next month, but Colorado Republicans don't...

The Indy 500: The courage of undocumented immigrants who talk to reporters

We reporters are used to being stood up.  Our sources often get cold feet. And for good reason: Many have a lot to lose by...
Idrissa Camara, an aide at a Pueblo home for disabled people, volunteered for solitary confinement at the Aurora detention center. The experience, he says, brought him close to ending his life. Photo by Bryan Kelsen

GEO-run Aurora ICE Detention Center is isolating immigrants – some mentally ill – in...

The former ICE detainee agreed to talk under one condition: That he be called “Elvis.” The Salvadoran with a pompadour and an “I’d rather be...
Portrait of Jeanette Vizguerra, Sanctuary for All. (Photo courtesy of Dave Russell, Buffalo Heart Images)

Guest Post: Our moral imperative to stand up to GEO Group We make these...

Given the U.S government’s increasing criminal disregard for the human rights of immigrants, we the members of Sanctuary for All Colorado applaud the congressional...
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