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.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Escape: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

The Washington Post
STERLING, Colo. — An inmate who escaped from a maximum-security Colorado prison has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to kidnapping and other charges after he allegedly held a woman hostage before surrendering.
The Journal Advocate reported Friday (http://bit.ly/pI34aG ) that Douglas Alward entered his plea in state court in Sterling.
Alward escaped Aug. 22, 2010, from a prison outside Sterling, about 100 miles northeast of Denver. He was arrested three days later near Yuma, 45 miles from the prison. The hostage was unhurt.
Alward is charged with escape, holding a hostage, burglary, kidnapping and other counts.
District Judge Michael Singer says Alward will be evaluated at the state Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.
Alward was serving 20 to 40 years for attempted murder, assault, burglary and kidnapping. This was his fourth escape.

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