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, June 06, 2011

Former World Leaders: End the Failed War On Drugs

The Rolling Stone
The war on drugs has failed and it's time to experiment with decriminalization and legalization, says a jaw-dropping new report out yesterday from the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a  high-wattage panel of former presidents and world leaders. Half a century of punitive drug policies have succeeded mainly in fueling organized crime, wasting taxpayers' money, and causing thousands of deaths, the report concludes. “Fifty years after the initiation of the U.N. Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and 40 years after President Nixon launched the U.S. government’s global war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed,” said former president of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso.  “Let’s start by treating drug addiction as a health issue, reducing drug demand through proven educational initiatives and legally regulating rather than criminalizing cannabis.”
Read our story about how America lost the war on drugs

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