ACLU Challenges Boulder Jail’s Postcard Policy
The ACLU filed a lawsuit at the beginning of August against the Boulder County Jail because of a new practice that restricts inmates’ outgoing correspondence to postcards. The policy limits the First Amendment rights of prisoners and their correspondents, and has silenced many of the jail’s inmates.
Privacy concerns and spatial constraints have forced inmates to abandon sensitive communications, such as the discussion of medical, financial or relationship issues. Even worse? This policy is spreading. The El Paso County Jail recently adopted a similar policy.
When a Strip Search Isn’t Enough: Denver’s Degrading Addition to Searching Women
The ACLU and ACLU of Colorado have called upon the Colorado Department of Corrections to abandon a new policy that subjects female prisoners to degrading body cavity searches.
According to letters sent to the ACLU by prisoners at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, prisoners now must hold open their labia while correctional officers conduct an inspection. These searches occur even when the guards have no particularized reason to suspect concealment of contraband. Guards apparently have threatened prisoners who resist with pepper spray.
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Phone Bank to Fight Vehicle Impound
Help us let Lakewood residents know about the Vehicle Impound ballot initiative by volunteering to make a few phone calls. This initiative would require police officers to impound the vehicles of anyone driving without a valid license even if the driver has simply left the license home.
We oppose this initiative because it would encourage racial profiling, eliminate due process protections, and waste public resources.
Wednesday, September 8
from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
SEIU Local 105
2525 W. Alameda Ave. in Denver
Learn more about the event online, see additional phone bank dates and RSVP to attend.
ACLU Young Professionals: An Evening with the First Amendment
You’re invited to a tour of the Open Media Foundation (OMF) and presentation by Denver Attorney David Lane.
Mr. Lane is one of Colorado’s best-known criminal defense and civil rights attorneys. He has represented numerous individuals in First Amendment freedom of speech cases both in the workplace and in many other contexts.
Preceding his talk OMF will host a tour of its television studio and new media facility — see the First Amendment in action!
Wednesday, September 15
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Open Media Foundation
700 Kalamath St., Denver
This event is FREE. Wine and light snacks will be served. Drawing will be held at the conclusion of the evening. With questions or for additional information, contact Caryn at (303) 777-5482 ext. 109.
Carle Whitehead Dinner & Silent Auction
Join us for our annual awards dinner and silent auction. This year we’re honoring the local attorneys who have stood up for the Constitution by defending Guantánamo detainees. Director of the ACLU’s John Adams Project, Denny LeBoeuf, who coordinates the detainees’ defense, is the featured speaker.
Saturday, September 25
from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
City Center Marriott (18th & California), Denver
Tickets are $200 per person and 1 CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credit is included. To attend, contact Parisa Zohoori, firstname.lastname@example.org.