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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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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Rep. "Sorry" For S***s Remark

I certainly hope that someone can see their way clear to find some kind of an appropriate reprimand. I often wonder why we have trouble getting support to help people. It's obviously attitudes like that in our legislature that creates the schism ...

After what some at the Capitol were calling a case of political foot-in-mouth disease, Rep. Larry Liston today apologized for calling unwed teenage parents "sluts."

"The derogatory term I used was offensive and inappropriate, and I would like to apologize for using it," the Colorado Springs Republican said in a statement. "Because of my unfortunate choice of language, the message that I was trying to get across about personal responsibility and parental responsibility has been overshadowed.

"I certainly regret using the term I did," he said.

Rep. Debbie Stafford, D-Aurora, said she was so livid over the comment that she clipped newspaper articles reporting Liston's remarks and posted them in a Capitol women's bathroom.

"To judge a young person trying to sort through their pain is one of the most appalling things I can think of," Stafford said. "As adults, we have an obligation to reach out and mentor and help young people who might be confused."

The Denver