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.

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Alaska representative open to privatizing new prison :: The Republic

Alaska representative open to privatizing new prison :: The Republic

JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaska state lawmaker says he would support privatizing a soon-to-be-completed prison.

In a statement, Republican Rep. Wes Keller of Wasilla says privatizing the Goose Creek Correctional Center is a more cost-efficient option compared to mothballing the prison before it opens.

Keller says he does not know if privatizing the facility would be less expensive than the expected $50 million yearly cost of state operation of the prison, but hopes operating the prison would allow Alaska prisoners currently incarcerated in Colorado to return to the state.

Keller says he is reacting to a recent Senate Finance Committee hearing where lawmakers discussed saving money by mothballing the prison.

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough says the medium-security prison, located in Port Mackenzie, would house over 1,500 inmates when opened in June 2012.

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