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, March 30, 2007

Homeless Court

The tent city of homeless people that springs up most nights on the steamy grates beside Denver's City and County Building served as more than just a place for Nicholas Tucker to beat freezing temperatures.

The grates were a nightly reminder to the 27-year-old that he couldn't afford to miss another court date for his minor drug-related arrests.

"Every night for a month I've been sleeping on the grates so I would remember to be there on time," said Tucker, a Littleton High School dropout. "I have a long problem with not being places on time."

Tucker was scheduled to appear on March 2 in Homeless Court, an experiment the city has been running as part of an effort to do away with homelessness in Denver within a decade.

Since it began in July 2005, 46 people have gone through the Homeless Court process - far fewer than hoped - taking advantage of a chance to clear up their records.

Denver Post

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