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Denver Attempts to Ban People Deemed Nuisances

The City of Denver is working on banning people it considers nuisances from high traffic areas.  And does not appear there is much concern in the community about the practice.

Well, I have a big problem with the practice and I will argue the practice is facially unconstitutional.

The policy — little-known outside law enforcement and the courthouse — raises questions about the balance between public safety and civil rights, and the effectiveness of banning drug addicts, shoplifters and general troublemakers from one area of the city.” Reported the Denver Post.1 Jennifer Brown, Banned From 16th Street Mall: Dozens Ordered By Court To Stay Away, Denver Post, available at: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27575680/banned-from-16th-street-dozens-ordered-by-court. Removing undesirables from public “right-of-ways ” is a practice by used Denver Law Enforcement, sanctioned by the courts, and given the stamp of approval by the Denver Post Editorial Board.2 See Denver Post Editorial Board, 16th Street Mall Ban is a Legitimate Tool, Denver Post, available at: http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_27598284/16th-street-mall-ban-is-legitimate-tool.

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1. Jennifer Brown, Banned From 16th Street Mall: Dozens Ordered By Court To Stay Away, Denver Post, available at: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27575680/banned-from-16th-street-dozens-ordered-by-court.
2. See Denver Post Editorial Board, 16th Street Mall Ban is a Legitimate Tool, Denver Post, available at: http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_27598284/16th-street-mall-ban-is-legitimate-tool.

Denver Sheriff No Online Procedures

You would think that after the settlement of a lawsuit for jail abuses that resulted in a $3.25 million dollar settlement this week, the Denver Sheriff’s Office would be  more forthcoming with their policies and procedures.  If the abuses were worth $3.25 million, shouldn’t the public be allowed to review those procedures?  Since no procedures for either the Denver Sheriff or the Denver County Jail are available online, I filed an Open Records request.

The Denver Sheriff’s Office kindly told me today that if I wanted a copy of the county jail’s policy’s and procedures they would have to send me an estimate because the bill would be so large.  Apparently, no one has ever asked for the Denver County Jail’s operating procedures before, so no public version exists to give me.  The kind lady from the Sheriff’s Office told me she would have to go “line-by-line” to ensure only public information would be included.  She said she would charge me $30 per hour for her time.  She cautioned me the bill could be very large because of the all the hours it would take to make it publicly accessible.

Before, I get into why her bill is ridiculous, let me first publicly note that as of this blog post the Denver Sheriff does not have any policies written about the Colorado Records Act (CORA) whatsoever.  I went to the Denver Sheriff website and there is not even a contact person listed for CORA.  In fact the Denver Sheriff doesn’t even have a correct non-emergency phone number listed on its homepage (see below).  I even searched the entire Denver.gov website and did not receive any help.  The kind lady still insisted that she would send me an estimate because it wasn’t her fault that the CORA procedures are not posted on the Denver Sheriff’s website — she does not update the website.

The Denver County Sheriff has no published polices related to the Colorado Open Records Act.
The Denver County Sheriff has no published polices related to the Colorado Open Records Act.

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