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, June 19, 2008

It's Official - NORA Makes the Ballot In California

From our friends at DPA:
Drug Policy Alliance

The Drug Policy Alliance Network (DPA’s partner organization) and the 760,000 voters who signed petitions have been working to get the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act (NORA), the most ambitious sentencing and prison reform in U.S. history, on the California ballot in November.

Now it’s official! Last week, the Secretary of State announced that enough signatures had been collected (and verified) and that NORA had officially qualified for the November state ballot.

When NORA goes before voters in November, Californians will have the opportunity to take reform into their own hands and implement common-sense solutions to prison overcrowding. NORA will protect public safety and save taxpayers billions of dollars, by safely shrinking the size of the nonviolent prison population by tens of thousands within just a few years.

NORA gives us the opportunity to stop letting addiction drive incarceration in California. NORA would give tens of thousands of nonviolent offenders access to treatment-instead-of-incarceration and rehabilitation programs—a change that would dramatically improve people’s lives, reduce the number of people locked up unnecessarily and decrease the likelihood of recidivism.

NORA would make treatment accessible to young people for the first time in the state. And the measure would make low-level marijuana possession an infraction—like a traffic ticket—rather than a misdemeanor, a sentencing change that could affect 40,000 people a year and conserve millions of dollars in court resources for other, more serious cases.

As the state’s budget deficit continues to rise, NORA gives voters the opportunity to stop letting the prison system soak up an ever-increasing portion of state spending. Instead, NORA presents the state with an option for more effective—and less costly—policies to protect public safety and make sure there are sufficient resources to go around. The nonpartisan legislative analyst projects that NORA will save at least $2.5 billion in prison construction savings because new facilities will not need to be built.

Now that NORA is officially qualified for the ballot, we are ramping up the campaign. If you would like to get involved, check out our website and/or email the campaign.

Learn more about NORA by visiting www.NORAyes.com, by emailing us or by joining our group on Facebook (End Overcrowding in California Prisons!).


Anonymous said...

This is what Colorado has to do? The people have to take control of the runaway DOC thru the ballot box. Also get rid of the prosecutors using there jobs as a stepping stone on the political ladder. Quit prosecuting innocent people.djw

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, a ballot measure was passed several years ago in CA to divert people to rehabilitation, and the judicial/prison system totally ignored or found the provisions "unconstitutional".

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