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Criminal Justice

Civil rights attorneys sue Weld County sheriff over COVID-19 response The lawsuit alleges a...

The ACLU of Colorado and state civil rights attorneys filed a lawsuit in the federal district court on Tuesday alleging Weld County Sheriff Steve...

Three weeks into Colorado’s push for social distancing, halfway houses struggle to comply 'Our...

Group meetings. Board games. Communal dining. Sleeping in bunk beds. New residents coming in and out.  Some residents in Colorado’s halfway houses say they’ve seen...

Update: Colorado Supreme Court denies petition to release more inmates from jail 'COVID-19 poses...

This story was originally published on April 3, 2020. That same day, without explanation, the Colorado Supreme Court denied a petition from defense attorneys...

Denver jail inmate tests positive for COVID-19 Advocates say the spread within jails may...

An inmate in Denver’s downtown jail has tested positive for COVID-19, city officials said on Monday.  The inmate has been isolated in the medical unit...
Photo of the Adams County Justice Center, taken Friday, Mar. 13, 2020.

Prosecution drops death penalty in Adams County police-shooting case District Attorney Dave Young, a...

Prosecutors have backed off seeking a death sentence against the man accused of killing Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm in January 2018.  In a motion...

Colorado places a moratorium on new prison intakes during pandemic The plan comes as...

Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order on Wednesday that effectively blocks new inmates from entering the state’s prisons in an effort to manage...

Gov. Jared Polis calls on law enforcement to reduce arrests during pandemic The governor...

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday called on law enforcement to issue citations and summons in lieu of arrests for certain crimes in an effort...
Death penalty

Colorado abolishes the death penalty Gov. Jared Polis also commuted the death sentences of...

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday signed into a law a bill that ends the death penalty in Colorado for any convictions on or after...
Photo of the Adams County Justice Center, taken Friday, Mar. 13, 2020.

Months-long death penalty jury trial starts despite coronavirus crisis “This is unreal," civil rights...

UPDATE: On Monday, March 23, District Judge Mark Warner cited health concerns when postponing proceedings in Dearing's trial until April 6. The death penalty trial against...

Colorado public defenders seek to release people from jail before COVID-19 outbreak Three-quarters of...

Colorado's public defenders are asking judges across the state to release jail inmates out of concern they could be hardest hit by COVID-19, the...
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