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Criminal Justice

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...

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...