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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.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Wild Horses in Prison

The Wild Horse Program in Canon City has been going on for 18 years and it has always been one of the most successful. It is the one program that allows people who are incarcerated to develop relationships that are based on trust and patience. Sometimes for the first time in their lives. Horses can't be intimidated or forced to trust and the development of those skills for the people that are training them is not something that is easily lost once they are released.

Eight prisoners will be "sprung" from captivity at the East Canon Prison Complex Monday to take up new lives working with law enforcement.

The prisoners are actually wild mustangs who have been at the prison complex since their capture on public lands. The free-range horses once roamed unclaimed and neglected.

While at the prison complex during the last six months, they received proper food, care and training - all provided by inmates working for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Correctional Industries Wild Horse Inmate Program.

Pueblo Chieftain

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