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.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Denver Crime Rate Figures Mirror National Drop

The crime rate dropped throughout Colorado during the first six months of 2007, mirroring a trend nationwide, according to preliminary figures from the FBI.

Overall, violent crime fell 1.8 percent nationwide from January through June.

Of the large Colorado cities studied, only Pueblo saw a crime-rate increase.

Denver dropped by more than 20 percent, from 2,196 cases in the first six months of 2006 to 1,748 during that same time a year ago.

Aurora saw its violent crime decrease by 8.6 percent.

Throughout the United States, violent crime fell in all four regions and in each of the four offense categories.

Nationally, murder and non-negligent manslaughter dropped 1.1 percent, forcible rape 6.1 percent, robbery 1.2 percent and aggravated assault 1.7 percent.

The Denver Post