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, February 17, 2010

Colorado: Man Freed By DNA Settles Suit

The New York Times
A Colorado man who was wrongfully imprisoned for murder for nearly a decade will be paid $4.1 million by Larimer County to settle a lawsuit he filed. The man, Tim Masters, was sent to prison in 1999 for the 1987 slaying of a woman who was found dead in a field near his Fort Collins home when he was 15. He was freed after DNA evidence pointed to another suspect. Mr. Masters’s suit charged the authorities with framing him in their zeal to close the case, which remains unsolved. Larimer County’s Board of Commissioners approved the settlement on Tuesday. “I would gladly pay $10 million, or whatever it took, if I could get those years of my life back,” Mr. Masters said.

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