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.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

California Prisons Prepare For Gay Weddings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Now that same-sex couples can get married in California, state prison officials are trying to figure out what that means for gay inmates.

No prisoners so far have sought to arrange weddings with same-sex partners since the state Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to wed as of mid-June, according to Michele Kane, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Nonetheless, department lawyers are drafting guidelines to bring the state's 33 adult prisons into compliance with the court's ruling that same-sex couples must be treated the same as opposite-sex couples under the California Constitution, Kane said.

What they have determined so far is that would mean allowing gay inmates to marry someone on the outside, but not a fellow prisoner — the same rules that apply to straight inmates, according to Kane.

"They will have the same marriage rights as other inmates — they will be able to marry non-inmates, but barred from marrying other inmates in prison," she said.

Prison officials were concerned that allowing two men or two women in the same prison to get married would pose novel safety and security concerns, according to Kane.

AP Report


Anonymous said...

It is sad to say that Colorado has 38 prisons and CA only has 33. They do not pay the politicians for private prisons, 8 in CO. The state continues to lie to the people by building a supermax prison, and signing a contract for a private prison twice as large in Hudson, brought out in this blog. CA has built several prisons, but they are all over the state, instead of concentrated in one city, like CO's prison city, Canon City, with 13 state prisons.mpc

Anonymous said...

If Colorado state officials, (DOC) dont clean up there act, start telling the truth, quit all the criminal acts of alterring records, making up false charges, operating prisons for hire, (nothing more than slavery),start operating programs really designed to release people, above all release all your non violent inmates who are qualified to be released.djw

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