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.


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Moving Target: A Decade of Resistance To The Prison Industrial Complex

For the past 10 years, Critical Resistance has helped advocates imagine the possibility of a world without bars. By questioning the necessity and effectiveness of the very foundations of our criminal justice system—incarceration, surveillance, policing—Critical Resistance has furthered the notion that nothing can “fix” the criminal justice system. Instead, if our country is to truly reclaim its communities, the criminal justice system must be dismantled. There is no “fix”
for a system built on racism and fear and actualized through the social control of the poor. As a result of Critical Resistance and other groups’ community organizing, activists and stakeholders throughout the country recognize that there is no correlation between crime and punishment in this country and safe and vibrant communities. Despite evidence that investments in prisons and policing are not effective in increasing public safety, the prison industrial complex (PIC) continues to consume considerable governmental resources. In fact, history shows that states that increase their funding for the PIC do not necessarily see crime rates drop any more than states that do not. More specifically, we now know that increasing prison and jail populations
does not produce lower crime rates
Justice Policy Institute

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This article summarizes the conclusion.

Money! Money, money, money.

Who is in need of corrections? The CEO's gratifying their greed? -or- The inmates committed to life judgment calls by hypocrites?

Corporate greed is being rewarded. They ARE crimals.

Anonymous said...

*criminals* (final paragraph above)

Why would anyone wish to be in the business of law unless s/he truly wished to make constructive changes in the system? It makes absolutely no sense to me.

I can only conclude that many in the system have a need for attention. It goes beyond narcisssism.

Themis said...

Well said by you both "anonymous'".

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