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Criminal Justice

‘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...

Strange bedfellows unite behind Colorado bill to shorten jail stays Backers want to save...

It’s probably not often that the bail industry, Charles Koch and progressive criminal justice reformers agree. But all three are backing a bill that would...

Colorado was set to repeal the death penalty this year. What went wrong? Anguish,...

A few weeks ago, in preparation for what she knew would be an emotional debate on the state Senate floor over whether to repeal...

House panel advances bill softening sentences for drug possession Sentencing reforms come as Colorado...

Update: The House Finance Committee passed the bill on April 8 by a vote of 10-1. It now goes to the Appropriations Committee.  Colorado lawmakers...

The plan to repeal the death penalty in Colorado is coming undone On-the-fence Democrats...

Editor's note: The death penalty stands in Colorado. Tuesday, Democrats in the Colorado Senate abandoned efforts to pass a bill abolishing capital punishment, citing...

Littwin: Whatever the state legislature decides, there is no death penalty in Colorado

The big news from the state Capitol has been not only that it’s a new day, with Democrats in charge everywhere, but with the...
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...