DENVER (CBS4) – The ACLU of Colorado is launching a campaign which aims to help people who can’t afford bail get out of jail ahead of their trial. It’s a multi-year campaign called Bring Our Neighbors Home.
Michael Marshall’s niece spoke at a news conference for the campaign on Monday. Marshall died in 2015 when deputies with the Denver Sheriff Department restrained him during a psychotic episode in jail.READ MORE: Park Hill Residents File Lawsuit Against Safe Outdoor Space For Homeless In Church Parking Lot
His family did not know he was being held.READ MORE: Busy Friday Night In Downtown Denver Could Signal Trend Toward Post-Pandemic Life
“If they would’ve notified us, we would’ve been able to pay his cash bond,” said Marshall. “He ended up having a death sentence for trespassing and disturbing the peace.”MORE NEWS: Colorado's Comeback: Moviegoers Return To Regal Theatres Amid COVID Safety Protocols
The ACLU says the campaign is about pre-trial justice for people who are not a risk to the community.