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CCDC joins advocacy groups in Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals amicus brief regarding whether state corrections department contractor is liable for ADA violations


The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) clearly covers any entity that is a contractor with the state. In this case, the Colorado Department of Corrections and the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice contract with a private company known as Intervention Community Corrections Services (“Intervention”). The plaintiff, Nancy Marks, an individual with a disability, was incarcerated but approved for placement in a community corrections facility, a lower-security program designed to help inmates transition to life after prison. After sustaining a further injury to her disabling condition, she was returned back to prison and not allowed to return to the community corrections facility solely based on her disability. The United States District Court ruled that the state was not responsible for the program run by Intervention even though Intervention contracts with the state of Colorado to provide these services. The organizations joined as amici  (“friends of the court”) for the purpose of demonstrating our agreement with Ms. Marks that the state must be held responsible for the acts and decisions of its contractors that violate the ADA. The United States District Court decision is attached as well as the Brief of Amici Curiae. Amy Robertson Of the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center authored the brief.

 

2019-07-03 Marks[155] Order Granting Summary Judgment (Acrobat access check) v Colorado Department of Corrections Brief of Amici Curiae –

 

[155] Order Granting Summary Judgment (Acrobat access check)

Financial Equity Coalition


Although Colorado finds itself in the top ranks of economic growth, many of our people are still being left behind. When they try to catch up, they face a system plagued by systemic discrimination, forcing them to gamble their financial future on predatory products and services. While powerful interests seek to exploit Coloradans, the Financial Equity Coalition fights for economic justice through financial education and policy change.

The Financial Equity Coalition is a collection of public, private, and nonprofit organizations committed to bringing financial security to communities throughout Colorado. We are educators, service providers, policy groups, and advocates with diverse work and perspectives — all working to provide financial education and help families get fair treatment.

Visit us at: http://financialequity.org/

Anti-Defamation League


We are activists, educators and experts. We fight anti-Semitism and all forms of hate. We advocate for a safe and secure democratic Jewish State of Israel and combat efforts to delegitimize it. We help shape laws locally and nationally, and develop groundbreaking model legislation. We work with students to respect inclusion and to challenge bias and bullying. We train law enforcement officers about extremism, terrorism and hate crimes.

We never give up trying to build a better world inspired by our democratic sense of unity:  There is no them – only us.

Visit us at: https://www.adl.org/

Atlantis Community, Inc


Located in Denver, Colorado, Atlantis Community, Inc. has been your friendly neighborhood Independent Living Center for over 40 years. We support the right of people with disabilities to take control over their own lives with full and informed consent, primarily by providing a variety of consumer-directed services—from advocacy to education to transitioning people out of nursing homes and into their very own apartments.

Visit us at: http://atlantiscommunity.org/


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