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, February 13, 2009

Panel On Prison Spending

Prison Spending, Recidivism and the Colorado Budget: How many more prison beds can we afford?

March 3, 2009

The Independence Institute, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Pew Center on the States invite you to a special panel event:

Prison Spending, Recidivism and the Colorado Budget:
How many more prison beds can we afford?

Twenty years ago, prison spending was less than 3 percent of the state budget. Last year, prison spending was nearly 9 percent of general fund spending inColorado, and still growing. Recidivism is a major factor in that growth.  Please join us for a panel discussion on the impact of recidivism on Colorado's prison population and on the Colorado budget, and the recent recommendations of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCCJJ) to reduce recidivism in Colorado.   

Panelists include Mike Krause, Director of the Independence Institute's Justice Policy Initiative; Christie Donner of the Colorado Criminal justice Reform Coalition; State Representative Ellen Roberts; State Senator Morgan Carroll; Richard Jerome from the Pew Center on the State's Public Safety Performance Project and Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. 

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009, 5:00pm-7:00 pm
5:00 PM
 reception and 5:30 PM program
The University Club
1673 Sherman Street
DenverCO 80203

Admission is free with RSVP
Please RSVP by Feb. 26th!

Cash bar and light food served

RSVP to (303) 279-6536 or register online. https://secure.lexi.net/i2i/main/event.php?event_id=60&rsvp=1

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David said...

I'll suggest something that would really save money in the prisons = no toilet paper at all. Install bathroom bidet sprayers in all the toilets and all they'll need is a towel to dry off. It's cleaner, cheaper (yes for those who just have to object to everything water is cheaper than toilet paper!), it's better for the environment and it has health benefits like lessening hemorrhoids which would save even more money. If they object? Tough! You're a prisoner! Besides after they try it, like most people, they will like it. As Dr. Oz said on Oprah: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off" This is a logical, doable and simple way to save allot of money and actually improve the prisoners living standards. But of course like all new ideas people will find countless silly and inane objections, that is the way of things. Theses sprayers are available at www.bathroomsprayers.com I installed mine myself, easy.

Anonymous said...

David, they may be prisoners but you sound like an axxhole. You could have made the suggestion as a healthy alternative or as a cost saving measure, but to say, "If they object? Tough! You're a prisoner!" shows a lack of compassion for your fellow man.

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