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, March 13, 2007

Westword -- Head Games

What's it like to be locked up, mentally ill and unable to get anyone to listen or help? Alan did a story late last year on what happens at the Colorado State Pen in that situation. Here's the follow up and a link to the original story. Once again a huge thank you goes out to Alan for all the excellent work he has done.

The last time we reported on Troy Anderson, known on the street as Evil, he’d been trying for more than a year to get an appointment with a psychiatrist at the Colorado State Penitentiary. Being locked down with little human contact for year after year can do things to your head, but Anderson already had a long history of mental illness and violence before he ever reached CSP, including several suicide attempts and two shootouts with the cops.

Thanks to our inquiries and the resulting article, “Head Games,” Anderson finally saw a shrink and was evaluated for new medication. But it hasn’t been smooth sailing since; Anderson recently wrote to complain that Colorado Department of Corrections medical staff are still messing with him.
Westword article here.

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