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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A New Vision?

At the Joint Budget Committee briefing yesterday, new Department of Corrections director Ari Zavaras was told to come back to him with a plan to reduce recidivism by 5 %, and slash the request for $700 million to build new prisons.

Mr. Zavaras flanked by DOC officials stated that we need to provide better programming, educational and vocational options to help build the skills people need in order for them to be successful upon release. Zavaras also stated that request was in line with Mr. Ritter's vision for Colorado and public safety.

We have said in the past that if you can improve the success rates on parole statewide by 100 people a month, then we would have negative prison growth.

Let's see what happens...

Read the Rocky Mountain Post article here

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