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.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

The Cost of Poverty

By ignoring the poor and avoiding poverty reducing strategies, we have created a price tag that will carve itself into the budgets, hearts and social fabric across the country. Children who grow up in extreme poverty, don't often have an opportunity to learn the skills they need to know in order to be successful in today's fast-paced society. Combine the monstrous rates of incarceration for the poor, medical costs and the cost to neighborhoods and individuals and you have got yourself a $500 billion dollar a year ticket that does nothing to reinvest itself in people it's taking care of.

Read the NY Times Op-Ed here

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