Racial Justice and Civil Rights
The Racial Justice and Civil Rights Program (RJP) is fighting to highlight and eliminate civil rights disparities across Colorado's demographic spectrum. Historically focused on tackling those disparities within a criminal justice system that has long shown strong prejudices towards communities of color and around concerns of police accountability, RJP is actively building a community of voices to help speak out against injustice as it builds on its significant wins bolstering civil rights protections for all people.
In 2001, CPC passed one of the nation's strongest statewide anti-racial profiling laws to hold local and state law enforcement agencies accountable for discriminatory actions. In 2005, CPC was one of two groups highlighting problems with a proposed new jail, helping to win a new annual commitment of $1.2 million from the city of Denver to fund alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders.
In 2010, CPC's RJP once again spearheaded groundbreaking legislation intent to end disparities concerning police stops and searches. As a result of this work, Colorado is now the only state to provide "consent to search" protection to pedestrians. What this means is officers must now inform civilians of their right to refuse a search request when no probable cause exists, and then obtain the persons verbal consent before conducting the search.
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Get involved today by contacting Mu Son Chi, Racial Justice and Civil Rights Director at email@example.com or 303.866.0908. Thank you!
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