On Sept. 4, a federal judge ruled that the U.S. government's terrorist watchlist is unconstitutional. The ruling impacts several thousand U.S. citizens, including some Colorado residents, who the Terrorist Screening Database refer to as "known or suspected terrorists."
Many Colorado residents concerned about criminal justice reform have heard about the First Step Act, the bill introduced to Congress with support from widely disparate groups. Backers of the bill include President Trump as well as longtime justice reform advocates like the American Civil Liberties Union. Often described as a compromise bill, the proposal has been criticized as well. Some say that it is too soft on crime while others note that many of the reforms are seemingly cosmetic and may not make a significant difference in the system's operation. It is important for people to understand the bill's provisions, especially if they could potentially be impacted by the changes.
The rules dealing with police lineups were changed in Colorado when Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 15-058 into law in April 2015. Traditional lineup procedures have long been criticized by civil rights advocates, and studies have discovered that honest citizens often make identifications despite being unsure because they are eager to do their part and help the police fight crime. However, it was the introduction of DNA evidence that spurred lawmakers in Colorado and 24 other states to introduce new lineup rules.
There are many forms of domestic violence and abuse, from physical and verbal to emotional and sexual. Abuse might manifest itself in the form of making threats, destroying property or stalking, all of which can have criminal consequences.