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.


Sunday, August 31, 2008

Damage of Drug War On Display At Telluride

TELLURIDE, CO – The devastating impact of America's "war on drugs" will be on prominent display this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival with the premiere of "American Violet," a film based on the racially charged drug war scandal that rocked the town of Hearne, Texas, several years ago. Directed by Tim Disney and written by Bill Haney, the film stars Alfre Woodard, Will Patton and Tim Blake Nelson.

"The Hearne case is a poignant example of the incredible damage done by the so-called 'war on drugs,' and 'American Violet' highlights efforts we at the ACLU have made to bring justice to our nation's drug policy," said Graham Boyd, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Drug Law Reform Project. "Sadly, the systemic injustice exposed in the film continues to plague us to this day, its root causes in urgent need of reform."


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