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, April 10, 2009

Groff Appointment Official

The vacancy committee is busy this year.  Who will be the Senate successor?
The Denver Post

The Department of Education made it official Friday afternoon: Colorado Senate President Peter Groff has accepted a federal education post.

Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education, announced Groff's appointment as the office's Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Center.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that Groff, a Denver Democrat and second-generation lawmaker, had accepted the position.

Groff has long been a champion of education reform, sometimes to the chagrin of teachers' unions.

"Give 'em hell, Peter," said Alex Cranberg, a Republican well known in Colorado's school-choice movement.

Groff's job will be to "help empower faith-based and community groups, enlisting them in support of the department's mission to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence for all Americans," according to the news release.

The position does not require Senate approval.

Groff will resign from the Senate after the session, which must end by May 6. He has served in the legislature since 2001, and is the first black Senate president in Colorado history.