Articles By Jennifer Brown

Business Primary category in which blog post is published

Construction workers exploited by Colorado’s underground economy want to add bite to wage theft law

Wage theft is currently an unclassified misdemeanor, no matter how much is owed, but a new focus on fighting labor trafficking could change that in Colorado

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

Former Colorado foster youth make themselves heard for “sibling bill of rights,” driver’s license bill

The two proposed bills are the result of a generation of foster youth who are louder than any before them

Sun Investigation Primary category in which blog post is published

No Colorado school districts meet federal safety standards for behavioral health staffing, investigation shows

A Colorado Sun investigation finds that despite clear connections between mental health and school shootings, far more funding goes to physical security measures

Sun Investigation Primary category in which blog post is published

Twenty years after Columbine, Colorado schools are assessing an astonishing number of student threats

Some Colorado districts are evaluating an average of four threats per school day. Administrators say the process is sound, but others worry students' civil rights are trampled in the rush to protect schools from liability.

Education Primary category in which blog post is published

A fight on a school bus, a knife in a backpack, suicide tips from Safe2Tell: The post-Columbine world of school safety runs 24/7

“We save lives on a daily basis,” said Ellen Kelty, Denver Public Schools director of student equity and opportunity

Growth Primary category in which blog post is published

It’s the Year of the Renter at the Colorado statehouse, from rent control to less stringent eviction timelines

Several bills are on Colorado Democrats’ agenda to fix what tenants call an imbalance of power, while landlords say too much, too fast could worsen housing crisis

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

By law, mental health benefits are supposed to be as good as medical coverage. In practice, that’s not happening.

An effort to enforce the nation’s mental health parity laws is in the works in Colorado, where insurance companies pay mental health doctors 30 percent less than they pay other medical professionals

Crime and Courts Primary category in which blog post is published

To catch sex traffickers and protect kids, Colorado is using a new screening tool statewide

Screening tool is part of a national effort to cut down on the pipeline from foster care to sex trafficking

Health Primary category in which blog post is published

It’s been legal to drop off newborns in Colorado since 2000, so why aren’t suspicious infant deaths declining?

From 2001-18, 64 infants have been handed over at fire stations and hospitals under the Safe Haven Law. Advocates say a new generation of teens doesn’t know the law exists