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, March 09, 2010

Highlands Ranch med pot grower wants to plead guilty in federal court - The Denver Post

Highlands Ranch med pot grower wants to plead guilty in federal court - The Denver Post

A Highlands Ranch man busted by federal agents after growing medical marijuana in his home is expected to plead guilty to a drug charge, 9Wants to Know has learned.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided the home where Chris Bartkowicz, 36, lived near C-470 and University Boulevard last month. Agents say they discovered 224 marijuana plants in various stages of development.

Bartkowicz pleaded not guilty on March 5 to a federal charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. That same day, Bartkowicz's attorney filed a notice of disposition telling a judge that the prosecution and defense have reached an agreement in the case and a change of plea proceeding is needed.

"The prosecution and defense are waiting for a judge to set a change of plea hearing date, where (Bartkowicz) will be given an opportunity to plead guilty," U.S. Attorney spokesman Jeff Dorschner told 9Wants to Know.

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