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, February 07, 2013

Rev. Elaine Smith

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Rev. Elaine Smith on Saturday, February 2, 2013.  CCJRC and many others have  lost a  long time friend, ally and champion.   Elaine started a program called Second Chance helping newly released inmates reintegrate back into society and was also the director of Charities House Ministries, a transitional housing program.  She also spearheaded the Denver chapter of All of Us or None, which brought together people who were involved in the criminal justice system to fought against discrimination. 
Her infectious spirit and joyfulness will be sorely missed in the community.  We offer our deep condolences to her family and other loved ones.  Details about services are included below.
From the Denver Post.
Dr. Rev. Elaine Smith Obituary
(1951 - 2013)
61, Centennial. Wife of David M. Smith of Centennial; mother of NeKesha (Bert) Bennett of Denver; and Niya Smith of Starkville, MS; 4 brothers, 1 sister and 10 grandchildren. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Services Saturday, 10:00 a.m., Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, 1500 S. Dayton St., to Hampden Memorial Gardens. Visitation Friday, 4-6 p.m. and celebratory wake service 6-8 p.m. both at Taylor Mortuary Denver Chapel, 2531 Ogden St. PLEASE NOTE: Rev. Smith will lie in state on Saturday, 9-10 a.m. at the church.

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