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.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Abolishing the Death Penalty -- Moving Forward

DENVER - The bill to abolish the death penalty in Colorado and create a cold case unit is moving forward in the state legislature.

In a 7-4 vote, the House Judiciary Committee approved the measure Wednesday.
State Representative Paul Weissman, a Democrat from Louisville, says abolishing the death penalty could save millions of dollars which could go elsewhere.

Weissman says the money should be used to create a cold case unit within the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to help investigate unsolved homicides.

"By eliminating the death penalty the state itself saves about $800,000," said Weissman. "If you count local governments, it saves $4.5 million. Take about $600,000 of that, you can create a cold case unit in the state and also beef up forensics and chemical labs."

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