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 judge on Monday tossed out a videotaped interrogation of a 14-year-old Colorado Springs boy accused of killing his younger brother, ruling that police failed to properly advise the youngster of his right to have a parent in the room.
Fourth Judicial District Judge David L. Shakes said a detective gave Daniel Gudino, then 13, what amounted to "a drive-by advisement" before the youngster signed a waiver allowing the interview to continue without his father present.
As a result, prosecutors will not be able to present to a jury any of the statements Daniel gave to Detective Donald Chagnon during the May 18, 2009, interview at police headquarters hours after the fatal shooting.
Police arrested Daniel after he allegedly shot to death his 9-year-old brother, Ulysses Jr., and wounded their mother, Marina, at the family's home in the 1800 block of Chapel Hills Drive. He is accused of first-degree murder and attempted murder in juvenile court.