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, June 02, 2009

Drug Laws Proposal Debated

ALBANY -- Senate Republicans and Democrats are battling over a provision in the Rockefeller drug law reform -- due to take effect June 8 -- that would allow a defendant convicted of a nonviolent, drug-related offense to ask a judge to conditionally seal a court record of the case.

Before the Rockefeller drug law reforms were passed by the Legislature in April, only juvenile defendants could request that a judge seal a criminal record.

The new provision would let judges decide whether to conditionally seal the records of offenders who complete a court-ordered drug treatment program. The provision would allow a judge to seal the record for one felony and up to three misdemeanor charges from a list of 26 types of nonviolent misdemeanor and felony crimes.

The new law requires that the records are only "conditionally sealed," and will be automatically unsealed if the offender is arrested again.

Advocates for the provision say employment is critical to prevent recidivism and that the new policy removes a barrier to work for those who successfully complete drug treatment.