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Aurora police officers disapprove of chief committed to reform, poll shows

Members of the Aurora Police Department’s two labor unions, the Aurora Police Association and the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, voted in a poll this week that asked, “Do you feel confident in the leadership of Chief Vanessa Wilson?"

Crime and Courts

Colorado effort to limit arrests for low-level criminal offenses dies in statehouse committee

This is the second version of the legislation, which would have limited arrests for low-level offenses, to be rejected this year.

Politics and Government

Opinion: A notable example of how our justice system suffers from underfunding. And it’s victims who suffer the most.

If different victims receive different justice based on their different geographic, socioeconomic, racial or sexual identity status, then that is not justice.

Opinion Columns

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd

The jury reached its verdict Tuesday after deliberating about 10 hours over two days

Crime and Courts

How a rural Colorado traffic stop left a man dead and a sheriff’s deputy facing criminal charges

In the 11 months since Zach Gifford, the unarmed passenger in a car pulled over for a traffic violation, was shot and killed by Kiowa County Sheriff's officers, charges have been filed against a deputy. But his family and friends still have unanswered questions.

Crime and Courts

“My dinner is on the line”: Colorado Supreme Court rules it was OK for judge’s wife to sit on jury

Adams County District Judge Judge Thomas R. Ensor joked with attorneys in the trial to “be nice to Juror 25” -- his wife -- because dinner was on the line.

Crime and Courts

Day and night: Organizers of Denver protests say mayhem after dark is muddying their message

The daytime protests over George Floyd’s death have provided a space to collectively mourn and rally against police brutality. Many are heartbroken over the destruction that comes after dark.

Coloradans

Nicolais: A perfect time to talk about the Korey Wise Innocence Project

Bearing the name of one of America’s most famous wrongfully convicted defendants, a CU Law School program continues to help inmates who’ve found themselves in hopeless circumstances

Opinion Columns

In Colorado prisons and jails, a piecemeal approach to the threat of coronavirus

“The introduction of COVID-19 into the corrections system could have devastating results,” Colorado's prisons director says.

Coronavirus

Silverman: Plea bargaining with capital punishment as leverage is over now

Opinion Columns

Jared Polis can commute the sentences of Colorado’s three death row inmates at any time

The governor said the cases of the three men waiting to die by lethal injection are not “ripe” for his review because he hasn’t received any clemency requests. But he doesn’t necessarily need anything to take action.

Politics and Government

Opinion: Eliminate private prisons. Profit has no place in the criminal justice system.

Opinion Columns

Gov. Polis said he wanted to close a private prison. GEO Group beat him to it, leaving Colorado scrambling.

The Cheyenne Mountain Reentry Center will shutter on March 7, leaving 642 inmates and 180 employees in limbo. Colorado says it will likely mean jail backlogs, parole releases and prison crowding.

Crime and Courts

Wilson: The Michael Hancock verdict feels like a miracle in race and American justice

Opinion Columns

Opinion: When ICE fails to distinguish between the accused and the guilty, justice for all is hampered

Opinion Columns

Opinion: I worked for Gov. Hickenlooper. Is America ready for his version of progressive leadership?

Opinion Columns

Colorado jails can’t hold people accused of low-level crimes in lieu of bail anymore. And that means current inmates could be released.

At least one Colorado county jail believes they have inmates who could have to be released under the new law

Crime and Courts

Nicolais: Colorado locks up those too poor to afford even $10 bail. That could change in 2019.

As poverty-stricken Coloradans remain incarcerated only due to an inability to pay even nominal bail, the Colorado Freedom Fund fights for change

Opinion Columns