Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?

Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Around Blog World

We officially launched this blog on Friday, and after a few technical glitches seem to have everything running smoothly. It was particularly exciting because nearly 600 people have stopped in to see how it all works. That's very exciting. Why? Because that's 600 people who care, who share a common belief around rallying for the rights of the imprisoned, and demanding that, as a society, we remain accountable for our treatment of those who are accused, those who have been found quilty, and those who have paid their debt and look forward to rejoining society as contributing members. We who know that there is a better way. I have always believed that information is power, and we will strive to get the truth out to you.

In the course of daily research I have run into several excellent blogs that relate to the world of criminal justice. Colorado's own Public Defender Stuff is very well-written and entertaining. The MLK piece today was especially good. Hopefully the case load for public defenders in Denver will be reduced by the advent of our new drug court.

If you have a chance to read Talk Left: The Politics of Crime, by Jeralyn Merritt another Colorado Blog, it's well-researched, thorough and covers a range of topics and does it well.

Then, of course, there is Grits for Breakfast. Based in Texas, it's great, well-paced and a joy to read. I also like the comfortable style of Corrections Sentencing.


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