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.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Marijuana Panel To Promote City Action

Denver Marijuana Panel considering big proposal this week

Following Denver voters' approval of SAFER's "lowest law enforcement priority" initiative last year, Mayor John Hickenlooper established a Marijuana Policy Review Panel to implement the law to the greatest extent possible and study the issue.

At the panel's meeting this Wednesday it will consider recommending to city officials that the Denver City Attorney's Office should stop prosecuting cases of private adult marijuana possession. If the recommendation is approved it will be included in a report to the Denver City Council as an official recommendation from the mayor-appointed panel. Such a bold proposal at just the panel's third meeting is a good sign that there is a lot more action to come.