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.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ritter Names Buescher As Secretary of State

Gov. Bill Ritter today selected State Rep. Bernie Buescher as Colorado's secretary of state.

Buescher, a Democrat from Grand Junction, lost his re-election bid for his House seat, but will now have two years to persuade voters statewide to elect him for a full-term in his new job.

The secretary of state oversees the division of elections, as well as corporate registrations and other duties. The current officeholder, Republican Mike Coffman, was elected to Congress to replace Tom Tancredo.

Buescher was selected from among three men leaving the Colorado Legislature. House Speaker Andrew Romanoff is said to be among those still being considered for a U.S. Senate appointment to replace Ken Salazar. State Sen. Ken Gordon narrowly lost election as secretary of state to Coffman two years ago.

The Denver Post