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.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Mother Jones July/August Special and After Prison: A Special Issue on Incarcerated America

Please check out this month's copy of Mother Jones: You can subscribe through this link or just go out and get the magazine

SLAMMED
Inside America's broken—and broke—prison system

Subscribe to read this content now. Welcome to the Age of Incarceration Welcome to the Age of Incarceration
We are locking up 1 in every 100 American adults—and going bankrupt in the process.

Subscribe to read this content now. California's convict crisis Worst of the Worst
California's convict crisis


Subscribe to read this content now. A guard's change of heart Taming of the Screws
A guard's change of heart


Subscribe to read this content now. The booming immigrant detention industry Texas Hold 'Em
The booming immigrant detention industry


Subscribe to read this content now. Probation for Profit Probation for Profit
In Georgia's outsourced justice system, a traffic ticket can land you deep in the hole.

Subscribe to read this content now. Kids doing time for tantrums Hard Time Out
Kids doing time for tantrums


Subscribe to read this content now. Prison problems? Not in Kansas anymore. The Shawnee Redemption
Prison problems? Not in Kansas anymore.



Much thanks to Real Cost of Prisons for pointing out this series of articles in the Boston Review

Reentry

Reversing mass imprisonment
Bruce Western

"To be young, black, and unschooled today is to risk a felony conviction, prison time, and a life of second-class citizenship. In this sense, the prison boom has produced mass incarceration—a level of imprisonment so vast and concentrated that it forges the collective experience of an entire social group."


Guarded Hope

Learning from the prison boom
Robert Perkinson

"If racially skewed prison warehousing represents the latest incarnation of American racism, then political mobilization and social transformation on the scale of the civil rights movement may be necessary to dislodge it."

No Further Harm

What we owe to incarcerated fathers
Mary F. Katzenstein and Mary L. Shanley

"The recognition and encouragement of fatherhood behind bars is a vital step in maintaining and fostering the interrelated—indeed, inseparable—commitments of both intimate and civic life."
The Boston Review