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.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Police Chase in Lakewood Under Scrutiny

Lakewood and Denver officials will meet today to discuss a Denver police chase that ended when the undercover officer struck and injured a bystander within Lakewood's borders.

Edith Mack, a tutor in English as a second language at Molholm Elementary School, suffered a broken hip when the unmarked Dodge pickup struck and flipped her car Wednesday afternoon.

According to Denver's written policies, cars without lights and sirens aren't permitted to engage in pursuit.

"The investigation has already started to make sure the policies were followed. Simultaneously, we will use this to review the policies," Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper said Thursday. He added: "Safety is our highest priority. We will address this as quickly as we can."

Lakewood Mayor pro tem Bob Murphy and representatives of the Lakewood Police Department and Jefferson County Public Schools expect to meet with representatives of Denver's Police Department and mayor's office about the incident.

The Denver Post