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.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

California --Protestors Mob Capitol

SACRAMENTO -- Busloads of protesters fighting new prison construction mobbed the capital today while inside the Statehouse the simmering politics surrounding California's prison overcrowding crisis boiled into full view.

The protesters, gathering for Beyond Prisons Day, attacked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to build 78,000 prison and jail beds, saying $11 billion worth of bricks and mortar are no substitute for true reform.

Meanwhile, Democrats in the state Senate slapped a moratorium on bills that would lengthen criminal sentences and exacerbate overcrowding -- a maneuver that infuriated Republicans.

Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles), chairwoman of the Senate Public Safety Committee, said she would hold until next year all bills that would intensify crowding.
LA Times here

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