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A whiteboard inside the Harm Reduction Action Center in Denver on Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo by John Herrick)

Capitol review: Lawmakers chipped away at opioid epidemic with 6 bills Heroin and fentanyl...

Editor’s note: The Indy is publishing a series of short stories reviewing the 2019 legislative session in Colorado. Here, we focus on opioids. We also wrote...

Bail, jail reforms promise relief for Colorado’s poorest

Colorado took a first step this week toward reforming a cash bail system that burdens the state’s poorest defendants. House Bill 1225, which eliminates cash...

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...

Amid flurry of criminal justice reforms, lawmakers seek to reopen prison Sen. Leroy Garcia...

Update: The bill, SB-259, was introduced April 19. We updated the story with some specifics in the bill.  Colorado lawmakers this session are moving ahead...

Police officers who lie could be banned from serving in Colorado Bipartisan bill would...

Here’s the good news: about 99.5% of the nearly 14,000 cops in Colorado are not fired for knowingly lying in police reports, when they’re...

Democrats seek to scrub criminal records to prevent prolonged punishment “At some point, I...

Heather McBroom's stint with drug addiction follows her to this day. She said she was studying to be a teacher at Pikes Peak Community...

‘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....
Photo of Sammie Lawrence IV by Susan Pfretzschner

Guest Post: Boulder, we have a problem

Sammie Lawrence IV is a soft-spoken young man with a head of curls and a heart for justice. He saw some friends having a...

Dean Williams, head of Corrections Department, talks punishment and redemption Williams: “There is nothing...

Dean Williams, executive director of Colorado’s Department of Corrections, would love to see inmates earning a decent wage bailing hay and pruning hemp for...

Polis says he’ll sign police transparency bill — to watchdogs’ relief

Advocates for government accountability were alarmed to learn Gov. Jared Polis was undecided on whether to veto a bill to expand police transparency in...