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.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Hickenlooper will get two Supreme Court picks

Denver Post

When Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced last month that Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez will become the city’s new manager of safety, I blogged about Gov. John Hickenlooper’s good fortune of getting a Supreme Court pick so early in his term.
Matt Spengler, one of the attorneys at Hale Westfall LLC who contributes to the fabulous Rocky Mountain Appellate Blog, took my post one step further (as in, he actually did some math) and determined that Hickenlooper is set to have at least two high court appointments. That’s because Chief Justice Michael Bender will hit the court’s mandatory retirement age in January 2014 – at which point Hickenlooper will still have another year left on his term.
As for the Martinez opening, the deadline to apply is coming up on Sept. 19. Anyone wishing to suggest a candidate has until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. More info on the selection process can be found in this announcement from the court.
The nominating commission is scheduled to meet on Oct. 3 to review applications, and again on Oct. 11 and 12 to interview candidates and select nominees. Hickenlooper has 15 days from receiving a list of nominees to make his appointment.
Spengler ended his blog post by giving odds on who will be the next chief justice after Bender leaves. I’ll throw out a new wager: What will we have first – a new Colorado Supreme Court justice or a new Denver police chief? Considering the ongoing silence from city hall, my money’s on the court

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