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.
An inmate whose lawsuit led to tens of millions of dollars in improvements in Colorado prison conditions over a span of decades beginning in the 1970s has died.
Fidel Ramos was sent to Denver Health Medical Center with a brain hemorrhage, according to David Miller, the American Civil Liberties Union attorney who filed the class- action lawsuit in the late 1970s.
Ramos, who had been held at Sterling Correctional Facility, died Friday night of natural causes, said Katherine Sanguinetti, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Corrections.
U.S. District Judge John Kane stunned state officials in December 1979 when he ordered prison officials to improve "Old Max" in Cañon City or shut it down.