Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?
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.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Friday, September 06, 2013
What a fascinating turn of events.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Colorado Department of Corrections announces organizational changes as a result of the resignation of Director of Prisons Mark Flowers. CDOC Executive Director Rick Raemisch thanks Mr. Flowers for his service and dedication to the department.
Effective today, Lou Archuleta, current warden of Fremont Correctional Facility has been named Interim Director of Prisons. Kellie Wasko will be Interim Deputy Executive Director and Renae Jordan has been named Interim Director of Clinical and Correctional Services.
Executive Director Rick Raemisch wishes Mr. Flowers well and looks forward to leading the Department of Corrections in fulfilling the Department's mission and vision.
Please contact Public Information Officer Roger Hudson with additional questions.
The Denver Post
One of the Department of Corrections' top executives resigned Thursday only four months after he was hired, authorities say.
"Mark Flowers tendered his resignation today," Colorado Department of Corrections spokeswoman Alison Morgan said.
Flowers' quick resignation was just the latest in a number of rapid leadership changes at DOC since the slaying of Tom Clements at his Monument home in March. Parolee Evan Ebel allegedly killed Clements.
Flowers was hired as the state prisons director, replacing Tony Carochi after Carochi filled in temporarily for Clements as executive director. Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Rick Raemisch as Clements' permanent replacement.
Flowers had moved to Colorado from Virginia.
"Mr. Raemisch thanks Mark for his service to the department," Morgan said.
Asked whether Flowers was fired or asked to resign, Morgan said she cannot comment on personnel matters. Flowers was earning about $137,000 a year.
"Mr. Raemisch is focused on building an effective team and moving forward," Morgan said.
Flowers could not be reached immediately for comment. In an email to his staff obtained by 7News, which first reported the resignation, he said, "I will be resigning today. I appreciate all that you have done and will continue to do. Thank you for accepting me as your Director, but today will be my last day. Stay professional."
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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
The National Institute of Corrections recommended that the state prison system:
• Reduce the number of institutional moves of offenders.
• Expand community services and programs for parolees.
• Develop a meaningful individual case plan that follows the offender from incarceration through parole.
• Define protocols for electronic monitoring.
Although the studies cited numerous instances where case managers and parole officers were overwhelmed with enormous caseloads, the report does not make recommendations for
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