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, May 18, 2010

The Tide Turns on Toking Up

Face the State

By John Schroyer, Face The State
In 2006, Colorado voters shut down a statewide ballot initiative that would have legalized possession of marijuana with a resounding 61 percent to 38 percent. But, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll, things have changed.
Now, according to Rasmussen, a full 49 percent of Coloradans support legalizing and taxing marijuana, and only 39 percent think it should remain illegal. With the remaining 13 percent undecided, these new numbers might give a likely new legalization ballot measure this year some real ammunition.
The poll "demonstrates that a growing number of people around Colorado are recognizing the failures of marijuana prohibition," said Mason Tvert, head of the pro-marijuana group SAFER.
"(Marijuana legalization) is far from the fringe," he added. "It's actually a lot more popular than many statewide candidates."

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