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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tweakers and Meth Ads

Gritty and hard-hitting ads are good and thought-provoking,  but where's the money for treatment when folks want to stop.  The Access To Recovery Federal grant money was gone in a year.  They were recently able to start their outpatient work, but the problem was that the need in Colorado was so huge that they went through all the inpatient money in months.   Now the promise of treatment is barely within reach for those who want it and can't afford it.
The Examiner

Driving down Santa Fe the other day, a giant, grimy toilet jumped into my line of sight.

Part of a new campaign against methamphetamines, a billboard on southbound Santa Fe features a picture of a disgustingly dirty bathroom stall and reads “No one thinks they’ll lose their virginity here. Meth will change that.”

Then yesterday, I spotted another billboard, this one bearing the image of an unconscious teen girl being treated at the hospital. That one reads “No one ever thinks they’ll wake up here. Meth will change that.”

The edgy, disturbing ads are funded by the Colorado Meth Project, and will display on television, radio, print and the Internet to show the physical and mental disintegration of people – namely kids – who use meth.