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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.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Salvation Army Closes Overnight Shelter

The Denver Channel
The Denver Salvation Army announced Wednesday that it is closing a shelter that provides 100 men a place to stay every night.The Crossroads shelter, located at 1901 29th St., will close but the final date has not been determined.The Salvation Army originally announced that it would close the shelter on Aug. 10, but after negotiating with the city of Denver, the organization agreed to push the date back to ensure a good transition for everyone impacted. The city didn't believe that two-weeks notice was enough time to accommodate people affected by the closure.The Salvation Army said the plan was to focus its resources on expanding the transitional housing programs "in tradition of providing a hand up, rather than a hand out," said Capt. Ron McKinney, spokesman for the Metro Denver Salvation Army.The transitional housing curriculum provides programmatic steps for homeless men and women who want to change their lives to become self-sufficient again, McKinney said."One of the best ways to help people escape homelessness is through effective counseling and case management. We believe that this is the right time to direct our resources where they can do the most good for these homeless men," McKinney said.

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