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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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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Children in Greeley Hit Hardest In Raids

GREELEY — A study released today on the effects of immigration work-site raids on children says that this northern Colorado community was the most deeply affected of the three communities examined.

The National Council of La Raza and the Urban Institute commissioned the report on communities that experienced large-scale work site raids within the past year: Greeley, Grand Island, Neb., and New Bedford, Mass.

In Greeley, three children for every four adults taken into custody were affected by the raid on the Swift & Co. meat-processing plant Dec. 12.

A total of 201 children had at least one parent who were arrested. In all, there were more than a dozen pregnant women taken into custody.

Marina, a Guatemalan native who declined to give her last name because she is undocumented, was one of them.

She was seven months pregnant when she was arrested. She was released the same day, but her court hearing isn't until Oct. 4, 2008. She awaits her fate, and that of her 6-month-old U.S.-born son.

"I am still afraid to go out," she said, crying, as she recalled the morning she was taken to a detention center in Aurora.

Rocky Mountain News