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.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Teens Vow Non-Violence

After listening to parents who lost their children to gang violence, then hearing of the harsh realities of prison, about 200 boys and girls flocked to the front of the auditorium stage at East High School on Saturday and vowed to live their lives violence-free.

"It opened my mind and made me think," said Larnell Anderson, 16, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver.

Anderson joined parents and students from East High and other schools at the fourth-annual "Jail is No Place To Be" conference sponsored by the Denver NAACP Youth Council, Epworth United Methodist Church, the Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission and the East High Black Student Alliance.

Denver Post

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