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.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Difficult solutions to Colorado's $1 billion problem - The Denver Post

Difficult solutions to Colorado's $1 billion problem - The Denver Post

The governor and state lawmakers should focus on cost-saving measures in health care, which include exploring options in home health care as opposed to care delivered in institutional settings; care delivery through community health care clinics; and encouraging adequate follow-up care as a way to improve outcomes and reduce the need for future additional care.

The state must continue to explore reforms in corrections to reduce prison populations. All four panelists support changes in parole guidelines and enhancing rehabilitation programs and community-based offender treatment. The majority supports exploring sentencing reform as well.

Restore the state's homestead exemption for seniors, but only if means testing is added to determine financial eligibility.

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