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.


Monday, November 26, 2007

The Cost of Justice

.....and money for treatment is.....??

As counties across Colorado finalize their budgets for 2008, they are preparing to earmark millions of dollars in new criminal justice spending - money that will pay for new law officers, courtrooms and prosecutors.

Part of the spending is the inevitable consequence of a growing population and continuing efforts to prevent crime and get tough when it occurs. And part of it is the result of the state's unprecedented plan to hire 43 new judges over the next three years - a move that will have the ripple effect of forcing sheriffs and district attorneys to hire people to staff new courtrooms.

"It's a fight to stay current with the growth, and it's everywhere," said Don Christensen, executive director of County Sheriffs of Colorado. "It's a constant pressure."


Rocky Mountain News

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