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Criminal Justice

Andy Starret stands in front of the Knights Inn in Aurora, where his daughter Ally was murdered. May 22, 2020

Speedy trials or pandemic protections? Colorado faces an oncoming court logjam

Andy Starrett’s teenage daughter was murdered in a hotel room almost three years ago. The man accused of the crime, his daughter’s ex-boyfriend, fled to...
U.S. Supreme Court, by Åsmund Ødegård, via Flickr: Creative Commons

The U.S. Supreme Court hears Colorado’s ‘faithless electors’ case From his Denver office, Attorney...

DENVER — When it came time Wednesday for Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser to make his first-ever arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, he...

Federal judge orders Weld County sheriff to protect health of jail inmates during pandemic...

A federal judge Monday ruled the treatment of inmates in the Weld County jail during the COVID-19 pandemic violated constitutional protections against cruel and...
A cell in the Fremont Correctional Facility in Cañon City on July 19, 2019. Inmates are physically unable to stay far enough from their fellow prisoners to adequately socially distance as the CDC has required.

Reformers want Polis to commute the sentences of more inmates during pandemic Criminal justice...

Criminal justice reformers are calling on Gov. Jared Polis to commute the sentences of more inmates in Colorado's prisons in response to the COVID-19...

Colorado’s prison population is dropping, but not fast enough, advocates say Criminal justice advocates...

Colorado's prison population has dropped to the lowest level since 2004, according to reports from the Colorado Department of Corrections.  As of April 30, the...

Polis places moratorium on evictions through May Housing advocates say the order brings needed...

Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order suspending evictions late Thursday night, joining most states in the U.S. to temporarily outlaw removing renters from...

As COVID-19 spreads in Colorado prison, the phone lines go silent The lockdown measures...

Update: This story was published on April 24 at 9:30 a.m. On Friday afternoon, DOC said it tested 473 inmates at Sterling on Wednesday...
More than 1,000 people marched on July 12, 2019 in protest of the detention of immigrants in private prisons, including the detention facility in Aurora, Colo. run by GEO Group.

Federal judge clears way for lawsuit against ICE over medical treatment of detainees GEO...

A federal judge on Monday ordered ICE to consider releasing any detainees with medical conditions that make them vulnerable to COVID-19. The case is...
Protesters outside the ICE contracted GEO Facility in Aurora on April 9, 2020. (Photo by Forest Wilson)

Attorneys sue ICE to release medically vulnerable detainees from Aurora detention center Detention is...

Update on April 15: After immigration attorneys filed the federal lawsuit against ICE seeking the release of 14 medically at-risk detainees, the agency released...
A cell in the Fremont Correctional Facility in Cañon City on July 19, 2019. Inmates are physically unable to stay far enough from their fellow prisoners to adequately socially distance as the CDC has required.

Guest Post: Gov. Polis, release vulnerable prisoners before it’s too late 'This moment demands...

Governor Polis has the unfettered ability to temporarily reprieve prisoners from serving their sentences. He must use this power and take immediate action to depopulate Colorado’s prisons...
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