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, April 05, 2012

Prison bill to allow CSPII closure introduced - The Pueblo Chieftain: Local News

Prison bill to allow CSPII closure introduced - The Pueblo Chieftain: Local News

DENVER — Bills were introduced in the Colorado Legislature on Wednesday to authorize closure of a Canon City prison and launch a study to guide future management of the state’s prison system.
A declining prison population and a shift toward treatment and away from administrative segregation (solitary confinement) of prisoners drove the General Assembly’s decision to close the south campus of Centennial Correctional Facility, also known as Colorado State Penitentiary II.

It has been open less than two year and carries a total financial obligation to the state of $220 million that stretches into the next decade. Just last year the Legislature acted to close another Southern Colorado prison, Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas, driving more than 200 jobs out of Bent County, where one in seven working people were employed at the prison.
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration, members of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee and Southern Colorado lawmakers have expressed the need for a thorough assessment of the prison system to inform decisions regarding the course of corrections in the state for the next five years, including possible prison closures.
That study would be authorized by HB1336, sponsored by budget committee members. It directs the governor’s budget office to commission a study of corrections and authorizes spending $350,000 for the study.
It recommends seating an advisory group of stakeholders and experts versed in the operation of prison systems, and calls for quarterly reports on the subject from the governor’s budget office to the budget committee.
The system-wide study sought in the bill would assess the most appropriate and cost-effective use of state and private-prison beds, considering scenarios that range from growing or declining inmate population to risk classification of prisoners.

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