It joins three other communities around Colorado using state money to offer housing, job training and mental health services to people instead of incarceration.
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A leader in Colorado’s archdiocese told CPR News last September that there had been no new allegations of sexual abuse on a minor in Colorado since 2002.
Clarence Moses-EL was falsely imprisoned for nearly 30 years for a rape charge he was later acquitted of. Attorney General Phil Weiser has decided Colorado should not stand in the way of compensating him.
“If ever there were an escape-proof prison, it’s the facility at Florence,” said Burl Cain, the former longtime warden of the maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. “It’s the prison of all prisons.”
Anti-Discrimination Or Religious Freedom? The Masterpiece Question Is Back In Arizona, Colorado Courts
Because SCOTUS didn’t settle the looming question on whether the First Amendment guarantees of religious freedom are more important than a state or city’s anti-discrimination laws, similar cases are again simmering in lower courts.
Building more beds across the state won’t solve the crush of people waiting sometimes months in jail for competency treatment.
The "civil bed freeze" was meant to help state officials treat more mentally ill prisoners more quickly, but was criticized by advocates for seizing resources.
A 23-year-old died in 2018 after prosecutors say the two officers improperly handcuffed him in the back of a van.
District attorneys and other law enforcement officials see a spike in addiction across the state as a major source of the problem.
The criminal verdict was the culmination of a legal battle stemming from the church’s first 420 celebration. Steve Berke has to pay a $71 fine.
The case has wound through the courts after undercover Denver Police officers infiltrated a 4/20 celebration at the church in 2017.
Jeff Johnson is the beneficiary of a growing body of research that sentences of life without parole for juveniles is cruel and unusual punishment.
Giffords became an advocate for stricter gun laws after she was shot 8 years ago at a political event in Tucson.
Officials say it is too early to tell if this spike in shootings will continue further into 2019 or if it is just an anomaly. Regardless, mental health crisis training for officers will be key.