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.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Solving California's Prison Crisis

California's prison crisis is monstrous. It's important to follow because Colorado's crisis mirrors California's on a smaller scale. The effects on the state are the same. Fiscal disaster and an approach that does not fundamentally create long term public safety.

A report was issued by the The Little Hoover Commission, which is a California state oversight agency that was created in 1962. The Commission's mission is to investigate state government operations and -- through reports, recommendations and legislative proposals -- promote efficiency, economy and improved service.

By statute, the Commission is a balanced bipartisan board composed of five citizen members appointed by the Governor, four citizen members appointed by the Legislature, two Senators and two Assembly members.

The full Commission selects study topics that come to its attention from citizens, legislators and other sources. In addition, it has a statutory obligation to review and make recommendations on proposed government reorganization plans.

They released their report on "Solving California's Prison Crisis: Time is Running Out"

(thank you to Corrections Sentencing for posting this!!!)

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