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.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Prison Budget is Spiraling Out Of Control

Gov. Bill Ritter described prison costs as spiraling - "some would say spiraling out of control," he said in a meeting with the JBC on Tuesday. We know that they have been cutting other state budgets to cover the cost of prisons for years. It can't go on as CCJRC has been trying to point out over that same amount of time. Our last administration was disinclined to do anything about the crisis. However this governor and his staff seem to understand that defunding education and funding incarceration will give you exactly what you pay for.


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