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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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Monday, September 01, 2008

ABA's Fall Conference

Doc Berman over at Sentencing Law and Policy points out the line-up for the American Bar Association's Fall conference.

This First-Of-Its-Kind Sentencing Institute Will Feature:
o A broad array of sentencing and post-sentencing presentations that address the most pressing criminal justice issue of our time;
o Three tracks of instruction, each focused on issues of concern to different segments of the criminal justice community including prosecutors, public defenders, judges, academics, sentencing consultants, mitigation specialists, corrections personnel, victim advocates, white collar criminal defense attorneys and policy experts;
o A White Collar Crime Track that will focus on practice and procedure issues of particular concern to criminal defense attorneys in general and white collar practitioners in particular;
o A Policy Track that will examine sentencing trends and opportunities for reform in both the federal and state courts;
o A Corrections Track that will focus on conditions of and alternatives to incarceration as well as cutting edge efforts to reduce recidivism;
o A plenary session on the state of the sentencing union covering rates of incarceration, sentencing trends, racial disparities, alternatives to incarceration and recent federal legislation.

Take a look here at the conference highlights

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

These confrences never address the real problems!! I believe the reason goes right to the real problem which is money.
Most of the people in prison got sentenced because they had a court appointed attorney. No expierience and they are paid a pitance. Also have restrictions on how much they can spend doing investigations. Thats not a fair trial!!!
Second is, the prosecutors need to quit suppressing evidence, alterring police reports, using
false charges against people. This also doesnt constitute a fair trial.
Last you had a Colorado prosecutor shot in front of his home? Could it be he was using dirty tricks and ect to get prosecutions. We all know of many cases right now where practices of DA's offices are under question right now. Denver DA Joe Morales of Morrisseys office admits he uses false charges and we know he suppressed evidence in a case that sent a woman to prison for 6 years with the aid of a Judge who was predudiced. This case was presented to both the attorney regulation and the Judges dicipline committee with no results. These type of actions are why judges and prosecutors think they need protection. Criminal justice needs to clean up the way they do buisness. djw

Anonymous said...

djw. You bring up valid points. The #1 priority is money. Promotions and personal advancements for judges and prosecutors are encouraged to the point of absolute corruption. Deceptive practices are way out of control without conscience. D.O.C. = Department of Corruptions.

For the record, there is a new show on TNT that reveals the corruption in the "American justice system."

Mondays nights on TNT::: RAISING THE BAR. --- The first episode was on September 1st. I am very impressed with how the show exposes the corruption in the U.S. legal system.

As the show states: WELCOME TO THE AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM. THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE . . .

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