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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.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Time For More People to Receive Pardons? VA

Official forgiveness? In many cases it will be the only way that people who make mistakes can get on with their lives. It may be time to start putting pressure on Governors to step up a little more often and help folks out with these types of opportunities.
amara Dietrich

When the governor pardoned a British expatriate/Newport News resident last week for an old crime in the commonwealth, he helped her dodge a deportation bullet in the 11th hour.

Not everyone is happy about this — least of all a fellow Newport News woman, American born and bred, with an old rap of her own who's been trying to get the governor's attention for a while.

I wrote about "Mary" back in May. In 1987, she was convicted of two armed bank robberies. She did her time, made her restitution, finished her parole.

Since her release 12 years ago, she's been rebuilding her life and trying in vain to get back some basic civil rights, which in Virginia isn't easy.
National Ledger