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, April 22, 2013

How does criminal justice reform help women?

Colorado currently has  
 women in prison


  • 70 % of women sent to Colorado prisons were convicted of a non-violent offense
  • 70-80% of women in prison are mothers of children under 18 years old
  • 29% of women sent to prison in Colorado were convicted of a drug offense
  • 20,000 children in Colorado currently have a parent in prison
  • 79% of women in prison are assessed to be in need of Substance Abuse Treatment
  • 60% of women entering prison are survivors of physical or sexual abuse
  • 67% of women in prison have been diagnosed as needing Mental Health Treatment
  • The US imprisons 10 times more women than Western Europe

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