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Colorado’s prison population is growing. Between 1980 and 2016, it increased by 661 percent. It’s projected to increase by another 38 percent by 2024 according to projections from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.

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The attorney for Colorado’s 18th District has filed to dismiss the criminal tampering case against a Colorado woman who wrote a chalk message outside Rep. Ken Buck’s office.

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Shauna Johnson of Castle Pines, Colorado is outraged over the Trump administration’s decision to take children away from migrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border — and now she faces possible jail time for expressing her anger in a chalk message to an elected official.

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Critics of a proposal to make it illegal for people to sit or lie down in a popular part of Fort Collins are claiming victory after a contentious, two-hour public comment period during the meeting Tuesday night.

The City Council rejected part of an ordinance, which would have made it illegal to sit or lie on an Old Town sidewalk or plaza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The Fort Collins City Council is scheduled to consider new rules for public behavior in their March 7 meeting. Homeless advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, think the ordinance would be selectively enforced, while city officials maintain they are trying to keep public spaces safe and accessible to everyone.

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The City of Fort Collins is considering limiting how long a person can sit or lie on a public sidewalk or bench in Old Town in order to combat ‘disruptive behaviors’ in the iconic downtown area.

Officials are even considering banning the use of public benches in Old Town all together.

The proposed policy changes are in response to complaints from Old Town businesses and results from a 2015 resident survey, according to city policy and project manager Ginny Sawyer.

A Colorado man has filed the first direct challenge to the FISA Amendments Act, claiming that the law allowing the government to collect vast amounts of data from the international communications of U.S. citizens in bulk is unconstitutional.

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A bipartisan committee at the statehouse has moved forward a bill to make it easier to remove people’s mug shots from commercial websites if they were never convicted of the crime for which they were arrested.

Efforts by the National Security Agency to track potential suspects and find connections between them have led the agency to collate its reams of data with information drawn from sources that include GPS locators and Facebook profiles, according to The New York Times. The newspaper cites documents provided by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contract worker, as well as interview with officials.

With all the talk of spying by the National Security Agency, it's easy to forget the government engages in off-line surveillance, too. In the last few years, the feds have expanded efforts to collect tips about people's behavior in the real world; they're called suspicious activity reports.

Hal Bergman, a freelance photographer in Los Angeles, has a fondness for industrial scenes, bridges, ports and refineries.

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