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, August 25, 2010

Death penalty stands for Nathan Dunlap, who killed four - The Denver Post

Death penalty stands for Nathan Dunlap, who killed four - The Denver Post

Nathan Dunlap, who killed four people at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Aurora in 1993, lost his federal death-penalty appeal Tuesday.

His attorneys will appeal the decision to the 10th Circuit Court.

Dunlap filed a habeas corpus petition with the court in 2008 arguing that his trial attorney was ineffective for not presenting a defense on his childhood abuse and mental-health issues.

"In the final analysis, Dunlap was competently represented, fairly tried, and duly sentenced to death for having committed four vicious murders of three teenagers and a mother of two children for no intelligible reason at all," wrote Senior U.S. District Judge John L. Kane. "The processes of the law have been exhausted, the defendant's guilt is uncontestable and the penalty . . . meets every requirement of the law." Felisa Cardona, The Denver Post

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