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.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

What's Happening to Our Schools?

This is a very disturbing and important story put out by the Piton Foundation in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain News. It is indicative of where priorities of past administrations have left us.

About a fourth of school-age children ages 5 to 17 in Denver don't attend the city's public schools, according to a first-ever analysis of data by the Rocky Mountain News and the nonprofit Piton Foundation.

An estimated 15,700 students bypassed Denver Public Schools last year in favor of private or suburban schools they see as safer or academically superior.

In addition, about 4,600 Denver kids up to age 17 didn't go to school at all, for reasons as varied as home-schooling, dropping out or incarceration, the analysis found. School and city officials project that the number of Denver families abandoning public schools will grow through 2016, exacting a social and financial toll for the district and, some argue, the city itself. Rocky Mountain News

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