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, May 06, 2007

Private Prison In Oklahoma to Reopen

Apparently, Arizona is going to try it again. Last month a riot in Indiana broke out at a GEO Corporation private prison facility where Arizona prisoners were housed. Now Arizona has opted to send 2000 prisoners at a Cornell facility in Oklahoma (Hinton) where 200 people were laid off earlier this year when that prison was closed. Of course the state of Oklahoma can't receive any more prisoners in their state facilities because they are full.

Private prison in Hinton to reopen

HINTON, Okla. A private prison in Oklahoma will reopen later this summer after getting a contract to keep two-thousand inmates from Arizona.

Houston-based Cornell Companies owns the Great Plains Correctional Facility and has agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Department of Corrections with four one-year options to follow. The prison in Hinton, Oklahoma was shut down and nearly 200 workers laid off earlier this year after the Oklahoma Department of Corrections pulled out the last of its more than 800 inmates.The prison is currently equipped with 812 beds and the contract calls for it to open with 916 beds. The prison is to expand to hold the two-thousand inmates by the fourth quarter of next year.The first inmates are expected in August or September.

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