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, April 18, 2007

Prisons Come Out On Top In State Budget

Governor Ritter's Recidivism Reduction Package was able to get most of the $8 million dollars he asked for.

Prisoner rehabilitation - The most significant change Ritter made to the budget submitted by his GOP predecessor was a jolt of funding for "recidivism reduction."

Ritter got most of his requested $8 million for drug-and-alcohol-treatment programs, mental-health treatment, probation and parole services. That money is supposed to decrease costs in the long run by reducing the number of returning inmates. The Department of Corrections predicts it would save about $3 million next year and more later.Denver Post

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