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, April 17, 2007

Lyons Trustees Vote Agains Rule

Lyons - The town's board of trustees decided Monday night not to place limits on where sex offenders can live in the small foothills town, ending the unexpected controversy that had ensnared the panel.

"Our initial proposal, while it is emotionally appealing, it gives a false sense of security," said Trustee Brian Donnell. "I do believe it would tie up law enforcement resources with what is not an effective sort of law."

Trustee Kris Hicar brought up the idea of placing residency restrictions on sex offenders at a meeting last month. The proposed ordinance would have limited how close sex offenders could live to schools, parks and other areas where children congregate.

But the trustees found themselves involved in the much larger controversy over whether such laws are effective or constitutional. Dozens of people called or wrote letters. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle opposed the proposed ordinance.

Denver Post

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