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Nicolais: How a prison gang-rape led to a glimmer of hope

Prison terrifies most people. For members of the LGBTQ community — particularly transgender individuals — the prospect is even more grim. While it won’t eliminate that disparity, the recent settlement between a transgender Colorado inmate and the Colorado Department of Corrections represents a positive step in the right direction. Last year Lindsay Saunders-Velez reported several […]

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Guard at Colorado women’s prison arrested by Denver police in attempted pimping case

A guard at a Colorado prison for women has been arrested on suspicion of attempted pimping involving a woman who previously served time at the facility, authorities said Friday. Joshua Hensley, 38, was arrested Wednesday and is also accused of patronizing a prostitute. Investigators believe he was trying to coerce at least two women to […]

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A breakdown of the 8 issues Colorado lawmakers will study before the 2020 legislative session

Before lawmakers left the state Capitol earlier this month, they issued homework for the interim. And if the assignments are any indication, the next legislative term is expected to be another doozy. The Democratic-led General Assembly is preparing to study eight major policy topics — ranging from school safety and college affordability to private prisons […]

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A look at how policies passed during Colorado’s 2019 legislative session will impact you

From education to criminal justice and health care to taxes, Gov. Jared Polis and Democratic legislative leaders set a new direction for Colorado in the 2019 legislative session. “I think looking back on this session, it’s pretty clear that it was one of the more transformative and productive sessions we’ve had in a long time […]

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From bail reform to restoring voting rights and sealing records, Colorado’s criminal justice system is getting a makeover

Heather McBroom’s guilty plea to a felony drug charge in 2000 has proved to be an unshakeable burden, no matter how much success she has had in her professional life, now as a paralegal and process server. She can’t volunteer at her child’s school with a criminal record. She can’t be a recreational league coach. […]

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Colorado employers, colleges could soon be prevented from asking about criminal histories on their applications

Just weeks ago, Majid Mohammad was released from incarceration after six years behind bars for a robbery he committed at age 17. The 24-year-old left prison with big plans to pursue a doctorate in astrophysics. But first he wanted a job, so Mohammad went to a department store seeking work while he pursued his studies. […]

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District attorney calls for updated laws after Colorado appeals court overturns man’s conviction of sexually assaulting foster child

The following story contains graphic details from a child sexual assault case and may not be appropriate for all readers. Adams County District Attorney Dave Young on Thursday urged the Colorado legislature to update the state’s laws after a court overturned a man’s conviction in a graphic child sexual assault case on grounds that his […]