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Criminal Justice

Amid a growing opioid epidemic, lawmakers hope to end drug-addiction withdrawal in county jails...

On a warm spring day in 2015, Sarah Blair was stranded at a Safeway in Thornton with no car and a dead cell phone....

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

In 2016 and 2017, Colorado’s legislature took up the question of whether to prohibit employers from asking job applicants up-front about their criminal records....

Lawmakers eye drug sentencing reforms to ease projected prison population growth People with controlled...

The department that oversees Colorado’s prisons is again asking the state legislature to open Centennial South, a shuttered prison in Cañon City. Corrections officials...

Court secrecy, a handcuffed journalist, ‘Access Denied’: CFOIC’s year-in-review 2018

Two words come to mind when looking back at 2018’s government transparency highlights and lowlights in Colorado. Judicial secrecy. In June, the Colorado Supreme Court baffled many legal...

Greene: Douglas County’s cynical investigation of Tyler Sanchez

Back in 2009, a rash of thefts and burglaries in Douglas County’s Stonegate neighborhood had residents stressing out. Pressure on the sheriff’s department intensified...

Colorado could move to clear pre-legalization marijuana convictions statewide as soon as 2019 Black...

Boulder’s district attorney last week announced plans to vacate and seal thousands of convictions for marijuana possession prior to the drug’s legalization in 2012....

After son’s death, a mother pushes for a Colorado law on disclosure of police...

The mother of a 19-year-old man who was killed during a confrontation with police last year is on a mission to make law enforcement...

Colorado activists bank on midterm blue wave to pass 2019 law abolishing death penalty...

Note: This story has been updated to include comments from 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler. Opponents of the death penalty — hoping to capitalize...

What does it mean that 35% of Colorado voted against banning slavery? In 26...

Colorado voters were asked this election whether they wanted to ban slavery once and for all in the state. Just under two-thirds of voters supported...

Colorado Independent crosses first hurdle in U.S. Supreme Court case

Editor's Note: Since this story was published, the Attorney General's office has asked for an extension in responding to the U.S. Supreme Court. A...