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 30, 2007

Statement From Ari Zavaras - Executive Director DOC

Governor Ritter's first State of the State highlighted the role of the
Department for all Coloradans--to preserve the public safety. The Governor has
repeatedly stressed since his address, we must also reduce recidivism. The Governor
has issued a challenge and I am honored and excited to take on that charge;
reducing recidivism is a Win-Win for Colorado taxpayers:

>From a public safety standpoint, reducing recidivism equals fewer victims of

>From a budgetary standpoint, reducing recidivism eases the burden to fund the
prison system and one day allows for greater funding for the future of this
state educating our children.

I look forward to working with the diverse groups
within and associated with the criminal justice system to find common goals
and solutions to issues and concerns.

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