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.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

CO bill seeking sentencing alternatives advances

CO bill seeking sentencing alternatives advances

Associated Press - April 8, 2011 5:24 PM ET

DENVER (AP) - House lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill that facilitates meetings between victims and their offenders in some cases and emphasizes sentencing options that favor restitution over imprisonment.

Colorado law already allows the sentencing alternative known as "restorative justice" for juveniles, but House Bill 1032 would expand the option to adults.

Lawmakers approved the proposal on a voice vote Friday. It faces another vote before it heads to the Senate.

Democratic Rep. Pete Lee of Colorado Springs says he wants to save the state money by making alternatives to prison available and create a process for healing between victims and their offenders.

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