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 08, 2010

Bad Boys Good

THIS IS the season for commencement exercises, and we applaud all who have earned high school and college diplomas. One such exercise is worthy of special comment.

Last week 33 young offenders serving time at the Department of Corrections Youthful Offender System lockup were recognized for having completed their high school education. Of those, 21 received diplomas and 12 received general equivalency diplomas.

YOS was created 17 years ago as a “second last chance” for young lawbreakers as an alternative to serving time in an adult prison. The YOS lockup is located on the campus of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.

We commend these young men for sticking with their studies and we truly wish that all will take advantage of this “second last chance” to become productive citizens.

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