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Capitol Review: Criminal justice reforms address prison overcrowding, economic inequities

Editor’s note: The Indy is publishing a series of stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on criminal justice. Other...
"Homeless," by Parc Cruz, via Flickr: Creative Commons

Guest Post: Fear of homeless people underlies opposition to I-300

Denver Initiative 300, which would end the city's ban on overnight camping in public spaces, has provoked important conversations about governance of and access...

Colorado could restore voting rights to 9,000 felons this year County clerks and secretary...

Colorado isn’t planning to let people vote from prison any time soon, but about 9,000 convicted felons could win back their right to vote...
Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition President Steve Zansberg, second from right, testifies in favor of HB 19-1324. To his left is activist Pete Kolbenschlag. (Photo courtesy of CFOIC)

House panel OKs bill to thwart lawsuits that stifle free speech Anti-SLAPP measure would...

A bill that would protect Coloradans from meritless lawsuits intended to silence criticism won approval Tuesday in a committee of the state legislature. House Bill...

‘Ban the Box’ bill would make it harder for employers to discriminate against people...

Editor's note: This story was originally published on Jan. 7. Since then it's moved through the legislative process at the Capitol with little resistance....

Police are investigating anti-Semitic vandalism at a Denver elementary school

Denver police are investigating an incident in which someone used gasoline on Monday night to burn an anti-Semitic symbol on asphalt near the playground...
Natalia Marshall, the niece of Michael Marshall, spoke at a news conference to support cash bail reform on March 14, 2019.

Colorado could limit jail time and bail for poorest defendants A trio of bipartisan...

Colorado is primed to take a major step toward reforming a bail system that systematically and disproportionately punishes the poorest of the poor. Lawmakers say...

Disability-rights advocate Carrie Ann Lucas, 1971-2019, a “bad-ass” to the end Friends, family honor...

In the wake of disability-rights advocate Carrie Ann Lucas’s death on Sunday, state lawmakers offer a moment of silence in her honor. Those who...
The United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX). Fremont County, near Florence, Colorado.

Guest Post: Prisons don’t work; let’s stop pretending otherwise 'The rate at which incarceration...

Colorado was in the news recently as commentators speculated where Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman would serve his sentence. Several outlets pointed to ADX, the...
The Colorado Independent's editor, Susan Greene, was handcuffed and detained by Denver police officers on Colfax Avenue on July 5, 2018. (Screenshot via body-cam footage provided by city of Denver)

Denver police violated policy when they detained Indy editor, internal investigation finds Officers James...

A Denver Police Department internal investigation released today found two officers violated city policy when they handcuffed and detained Colorado Independent Editor Susan Greene...