About Denver Justice Project

History. Denver Justice Project formed in 2015 through a community-led effort to recall then Denver District Attorney (DA) Mitch Morrissey for his lack of prosecuting police officers who assaulted or murdered community members. While that effort did not result in recalling the DA, it was successful as it from it emerged a coalition determined to achieve meaningful lasting improvement for people’s lives by transforming the criminal legal system.

Mission. The Denver Justice Project (DJP) works with historically marginalized communities to address systemic racism by transforming law enforcement and the structure of the criminal justice system through intersectional movement building, direct action, advocacy, and collaborative education.


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7 months ago

Denver Justice Project

We are proud to say that HB19-1225, the legislation to end cash bail for petty offenses, passed UNANIMOUSLY out of the Colorado House today! The momentum is building toward winning this key change as it moves to the Senate.
Please call you state senators and tell them you want them to support this legislation! Don't know who you senator is? Find out quickly right here: leg.colorado.gov/find-my-legislator
#PovertyisnotacrimeHB 19-1225 to end cash bail for petty and traffic violations just passed out of the House UNANIMOUSLY! As Elisabeth Epps from the Colorado Freedom Fund has said, "This is a start. It's a beautiful start," and one that would not have been possible without community support. Our sincere thanks to everyone involved in helping to ensure that poverty is not a crime.
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7 months ago

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Please join us and the Colorado Freedom Fund tomorrow at the Capitol for the push to end money bail in Colorado! No one should be kept in jail because they can't afford to buy their freedom. #PovertyIsNotACrimeJoin us at the Colorado State Capitol, join us as we work to bring our neighbors home, and (here’s the ask): please let us know if your organization is willing to sign on to our growing list of HB19-1225 supporters! #PovertyIsNotACrime #EndCashBail ... See MoreSee Less

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7 months ago

Denver Justice Project

Good evening Denver and beyond. Today we saw a turn out of 650 plus people who were demonstrating against the profiling of a young black man who was picking up trash. Because 8 Boulder police officers aggressively, and guns drawn ran up on this young Black man who was viewed as dangerous because he was carrying a claw to pick up trash and a bucket used to dispose of what was picked up. The Boulder community is now pressing for the development of a Community Oversight Board to help deal with these types of problems.Today community came out in numbers and realized our collective love and power to address structural racism.

We heard from NAACP Boulder County Branch President Annett James (Please download a membership application here and become a member: boulderbranchnaacp.org/become-a-member/); Tammy Garrett-Williams of the NAACP State Conference and the Above Waters Project; Nami Thompson of the Colorado Public Health Association; me, Chair of the NAACP Boulder County Branch Criminal Justice Committee; and Landau Ael from the Denver Justice Project.

We also heard from the man whom the Boulder Police Department profiled and harassed with guns drawn for the non-crime of picking up garbage. He alone is worth your listening and watching.

Estimates are we had 600 to 700 people attend and lend their time and energy to demand change and safety for all in Boulder. Thank you.
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8 months ago

Denver Justice Project

We are proud to say that Bill 19-0029 passed 10-0 in Denver City Council earlier this week! As a result, Denver's civilian oversight of police will have more teeth to use in holding law enforcement accountable and ensuring that there is transparency in the disciplinary process. We are not at all done with the changes needed in this city, but we can and do celebrate this small victory in the larger fight.

THANK YOU to all of you who testified in support of the bill, to those who contacted your council people, and to all the organizations that joined the truly grassroots coalition that helped get this legislation over the finish line. But even more, DJP has much love and solidarity for all those who worked for these important changes over the YEARS that it took to make this change. We are proud of the community effort that went into this win, and we remain heartbroken for all the people hurt in the past by Denver law enforcement who still have never gotten justice.
#NotDoneYet #DenverDeservesBetter
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