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.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Raising the Felony Threshold

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would increase the threshold for making a variety of crimes felonies, a measure aimed a saving the state prison system millions of dollars.

For example, the bill would increase from $500 to $1,000 the value of items required for a felony charge of theft.

A charge of aggravated vehicle theft would require the auto involved to be worth at least $20,000, up from the current $15,000.

The bill was introduced by members of the Joint Budget Committee in an effort to reduce the number of inmates in state prisons.

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