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.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DOC Executive Director Raemisch names new Director of Parole

Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Rick Raemisch Names Director of Parole

30 Dec 2013

Colorado Springs, Co. - Executive Director Rick Raemisch announced today the appointment of Walt Pesterfield as Director of Parole for the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Pesterfield has an extensive background in law enforcement, parole, drug treatment and working with youthful offenders. “Walt has the right combination of experience, skill and vision to assist offenders in making positive behavioral choices,” according to Executive Director Raemisch. “I believe he is the right man to lead our parole officers to further success.”

Energized by the appointment Mr. Pesterfield said, “I am honored to join the Colorado Department of Corrections and welcome this opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of offenders and the communities of Colorado.”

Pesterfield comes to the CDOC from his position as Director of Community Justice within Oregon’s Columbia County Department of Community Justice. Over the last eight years, he has excelled in planning, organizing and directing both the Adult and Juvenile Divisions of his organization.

“Walt Pesterfield has an innovative vision for the successful re-entry of offenders. His plans for our Department are cutting edge and will set a national standard,” said Deputy Executive Director Kellie Wasko about the important appointment.

Beginning his career as a California police officer, Mr. Pesterfield has established an admirable work history in Juvenile and Adult Community Corrections prior to his leadership positions in Adult Parole and Probation.

Executive Director Raemisch said he was excited to add Mr. Pesterfield to his team, “I was immediately struck by Walt’s enthusiasm to take on the challenge of leading our parole division. There is no doubt that he will positively impact the lives of many offenders as they re-enter our communities.”

Pesterfield joins the Colorado Department of Corrections on February 3, 2014.

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