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.


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Denver Health Settles In Case Of Emily Rices Death

Congratulations goes out to Darrold and Mari!! Our deepest condolences continue to go out to the Rice family.

A settlement has been reached between Denver Health Medical Center and the family of Emily Rice, who died at the Denver jail two years ago.

Details of the settlement, which includes changes in policies at the hospital, will be revealed at a press conference in front of the City and County Building Friday morning.

The hospital also has agreed to pay millions of dollars to the family, according Darold Killmer and Mari Newman, attorneys for the Rice family.

On Feb. 19, 2006, Emily Rice, then 24, died of massive internal injuries to her spleen and liver.

She had suffered the injuries in an automobile accident earlier but they were not detected or treated by Denver Health Medical Center, which released her.

The settlement with Denver Health Medical Center does not affect the Rice family's lawsuit against the city of Denver and the Denver Sheriff Department.

The Rice family claims that sheriff department staff members repeatedly ignored Emily Rice and other inmates' pleas for medical attention for her injuries.


Rocky Mountain News