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.
A 20-year-old inmate in the El Paso County jail died early this morning after his cellmate reported him coughing and choking.
Guards were called to the cell of Ricardo Rafel Grimaldo at about 4:43 a.m. Despite emergency medical efforts he died less than an hour later at Memorial Hospital, the Sheriff's Department stated this afternoon.
The cause of death hasn't been determined, and authorities are awaiting toxicology reports.
Grimaldo was booked into the jail Aug. 22 after he was arrested by Colorado Springs police on charges of second-degree burglary and theft by receiving.